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8 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 17, 1999

Scofield to bring mixed bag to Ark

By John Uhl
For the Daily
Tomorrow evening, the John
Scofield Quartet will be playing at
The Ark. Scofield, a perennial poll-
winning jazz guitarist, released his
most recent album, "A Go Go," this
past spring. His current band is the
second group of musicians he has
toured with since the release,
promising a new,
perhaps unex-
pected, outlook
on that material.
Quartet There are many
The Ark sound possibili-
Tomorrow at 7 and ties that a guitar,
10 p.m. keyboard, bass
and drum quar-
tet are capable of
generating, so a
problem arises
when trying to
classify the
music. Scofield
himself is unsure
what to name it. In a recent inter-
view, he struggled to call "A Go Go,"
jazz-rock, and was immediately
unsatisfied with the label. Critical
interpretations of the album, for
which Scofield teamed up with the
trio Medeski, Martin and Wood, have
called it New Orleans-inspired,
groovy, soulful, neo-funk jazz.
While these are suitable decrip-
tions, one is as reluctant as Scofield
to find a category for this music.
Scofield's task has been far more
daunting, and spoke of creating the
fresh style.
"If you're trying to sound com-
pletely different, then you just rule
out too many options," Scofield said.

'Dawson' reveals all
in sweeps parto


Yet maintaining some sense of
familiarity without stepping too fre-
quently upon trodden paths is a chal-
lenging balance to achieve. Scofield
justifies his current tendency to avoid
more traditional jazz styles by
explaining that the music has already,
"been played so well."
Consider the funky guitar-organ-
bass-drums tradition, Jimmy Smith
and Larry Young have covered the
world of jazz organ, from down-
home grooves through free jazz, and
funk has made a successful develop-
ment from Bobby Timmons and
James Brown through Parliament-
Funkadelic. Even today, the heritage
is present in the very different
approaches of Wayne Horvitz, James
Carter and Bela Fleck. With such a
rich history, it doesn't seem unfair to
ask if there is room for Scofield's
work to contribute anything new to
the field.
One has only to listen to "A Go
Go" to realize that Scofield has cre-
ated a sound that is unique, yet also
very relatable. The influence of the
pioneers is obvious. James Brown
kicks juxtaposed over Booker T &
the MGs-like grooves are bound to
get feet tapping. And these guys are
not interested in just setting a mood.
The record romps through intense
improvisations, pauses for some
unexpected funk harmonies, and
even cools for some attractive
melodies. Scofield never becomes
overly virtuosic. Rather, he builds
his solos with intelligent riffs, quips
and phrases that dazzle with the
sheer multitude of sounds his guitar
sings. Medeski, Martin and Wood
forge seamlessly in and out of

Courtesy of Verve
John Scofield will appear tomorrow night at the Ark with three friends,

Scofield's lines, both as a unit and
when soloing.
Although one is tempted to be dis-
appointed that the "A Go Go" accom-
panying trio will not be making the
trip to Ann Arbor, the current group
of Will Bolware (keyboards),
Matthew Garrison (bass) and Marlon
Browden (drums) promises to be just
as exciting. Between the three musi-
cians, recent credits include Maceo
Parker, John McLaughlin and Joe
Zawinul. This group has the benefit
of working together as a unit for

longer than the amount of time that is
required to make a recording.
In his attempt to find a classifica-
tion for his current sound, Scofield
found himself describing the sort of
musical pitfalls that he has tried to
avoid in its creation; instead of a def-
inite goal: "I sort of know what I
don't want to do, more than what I
want to do."
Tickets for the John Scofield
Quartet are $20 and can be pur-
chased at Ticketmaster or SKR
Blues and Jazz.

By Erin Podolsky
Daily Arts Writer
It's time for the second week of
"Dawson's Creek" sweeps fun, kids.
That means twice the angst, twice the
tension and without a doubt, twice
the vocabularic gymnastics by every-
one's favorite adolescent pop psy-
chologist creeps. So it was with great
anticipation and excitement that I sat
down to view the second episode of
the "Is Jack gay?" sweeps circus in
my effort to bring all of you the very
best in "Creek" freak reporting.
Faithful readers will recall that I
made several
predictions in
last week's
reView. Was I
DaWSOn'S correct? Was I
Creek out in left
*** field? Is
The WB Dawson blond?
Tonight at 9 p.m. Is Dawson
brunette? Like
James Van Der
Beek's dye job,
my prognosti-
cations were a
bit hit or miss,
and again like
his dye job, it's up to you to decide by
watching if it's the massive noggin or
the eyebrows that lie, so to speak.
The is-he-or-isn't-he Jack McPhee
situation quickly comes to a head
tonight when the school counselor,
who last week plied the young lad
with gay-is-okay pamphlets, calls in
the MIA McPhee patriarch. Mr.
McPhee shows up at Capeside High
and quickly establishes why we've
never seen him before: He is a
responsibility-shirking, hard man
who avoids his familial obligations
by claiming he needs to be away from
home to be a successful breadwinner.
No wonder his wife is half-way to the
looney bin.
Jack is extremely displeased (to
put it lightly) to see his father again.
But Andie immediately jumps into

lapdog mode where she turns into an
obsequious daddy's girl. Jack is dis-
gusted by her actions but is unable to
slap any sense into her - once Andie
gets going on a jag, she's like a high
speed freight train, unstoppable until
she plunges off the trestle.
And plunge she does, into a reck-
oning between the remaining
McPhee kids (their older brother was
killed several years ago, which set off
the family's disintegration) and their
father from which only one of the
actors will emerge unscathed but nei-
ther offspring will emotionally sur-
vive. This week's advice is to leave
the crying to Kerr Smith, because
Meredith Monroe is sorely lacking in
the effective tears department.
Back in (relative) normalsville,
Eddie the 13th apostle continues
dragging Jen all around town to
seedy bars where he plays bad back-
up piano to a crummy lounge singer.
This time out, Dawson and Joey are
forced to join them since Jack and
Andie are busy with problems of 4
their own. Could a rekindling of the
old Dawson/Joey flame be in the
offing? That question is probably
best left unanswered until May
Pacey is occupied mounting a
bylaw-fueled smear campaign against
the nasty English teacher who kicked
the whole McPhee melodrama into
high gear last week. It's nice to see the
"DC" writers giving Pacey something
constructive to do while his girlfriend
is busy having an emotional break-
down. Guys need that sort of morale-
booster from time to time.
This not-so-touching conclusion to
last week's "Dawson's Creek"
heinously boring offering is a marked
improvement after the hysterical,
melodramatic crap to which we sin-
ners were recently subjected. It's not
in the virtually empty "DC" pan-
theon, but it's close. And it's worth it
if only for the wonderful, wordless
final scene of the evening.




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If you're starting to think about your career, even just an inkling, it
may be time to focus on finding'a summer internship. Following are
some "insider" insights about how to land your dream internship in
some of today's fast-forward industries like media. entertainment.
fashion and high-tech, that likely don't recruit on campus.
Not the typical first question you might think of when plotting your
first career experience, but you really should think about it. The best
places to work are often the places that make or do things that
already interest you. And who wrote the rule that work shouldn't
be fun? "It helps to start by thinking about which classroom topics
interest you the most and what hobbies get you excited," says
Samer Hamadeh, President of Vaultreports.com and the co-author
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most useful books on the subject. Take his advice and ask yourself
some questions. Do you spend a lot of time listening
to music and going to concerts? Maybe you should
check out working for a local radio station, a record
label or a music publishing companyAre you a
devoted athlete? Try contacting a fun sporting goods h 4
companya fitness magazine, or a sports talent agency. brings

After you've asked yourself what you like, and thought of some of
your favorite products and activities, you may find that many of
your choices lead to smaller or less structured companies that likely
don't recruit on campus, or that don't have a formal internship
program. Don't get discouraged!! In fact, think of it as a huge
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There's nothing wrong with calling or writing a company out of the
blue and letting them know who you are and what you're
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the summer. One of Hamadeh's favorite stories is about a college
student who was interested in sports law. The guy figured that
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Just because you may not graduate cum laude doesn't mean you
won't qualify for some of the most selective internship programs.
"You have to make yourself sound interesting," says Price Hicks, who
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Sciences. "The guy who wrote about growing up on a dairy farm is
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grades, but drone on and on about why they want to be television
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approximately 90 applicants, she was among those with the least
direct experience. "It just so happened we were working on a
project about chemicals in the environment, so her skills came in
handy and she ended up playing a big role in the reporting." said a
Maryann Sargent, who is the internship coordinator at the Center.
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