When the New York general purpose trio Medeski Martin & Wood met guitar legend John Scofield for a summit meeting, something big always grew out of it. Expectations for the fourth release of this constellation were correspondingly high. But "Juice" disappoints all along the line. Instead of grooving, the quartet braves indecisively. The playfulness that Scofield as well as MMW had separately and all the more peculiar to the quartet has completely seeped away. The message is, we're so cool, we can't do anything wrong. The five original compositions are not worth mentioning, it gets hairy with the cover versions. The Doors classic "Light My Fire" is so beaten up that it hurts. Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love" is the best track on the album in its dub version, but as a song it's almost unrecognizable. And Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" is just dripping sentimental. Nah, guys, not like this.