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REDISCOVERY

John Scofield: Live

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John Scofield LiveEnja Records1977 After a lengthy hiatus, Rediscovery returns with an album that may not have represented the first time I'd heard John Scofield...but it was certainly the album that cemented my already firm impression that this was a guitarist on whom I'd have to keep a close watch. Nearly forty years later he remains a personal favourite, and while he's released a gaggle of terrific records, including last year's stellar Past Present (Impulse!), ...

LIVE REVIEWS

John Scofield and Joe Lovano at the Regattabar

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John Scofield and Joe Lovano Regattabar Cambridge, MA September 18, 2015 John Scofield has appeared in so many different musical settings, particularly in the past twenty years, that it is easy to forget that while he is capable of exquisite blues, funk, rock and fusion, it is in the company of perhaps his finest straight-ahead quartet that he burns brightest. Similarly, though tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano has garnered acclaim for decades now ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

John Scofield: Past Present

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During the course of his storied career, guitarist/composer John Scofield has never shown much of of a predilection to repeat himself. Rather, he navigates through projects as diverse as trio outings, experiments with horns, collections of ballads and collaborations with the likes of Gov't Mule and the Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh in a such a way that, when he completes a cyle of activity, he's grown discernibly as an artist. Which is why the title of Past Present ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Gov't Mule with John Scofield at the Ogden Theatre

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Gov't Mule with John Scofield Ogden Theatre Denver, CO February 24, 2015 A jazz guy plays with a heavy rock band? That would be the superficial description of Sco-Mule. A deeper examination shows that John Scofield and Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes are twin brothers of different mothers. Each possesses a yearning, restless soul, constantly seeking new musical forms and combinations. Each is fearless behind his guitar. And each is possessed of a virtuoso talent and, ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Gov't Mule Featuring John Scofield: Sco-Mule

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Since the news came out that Gov't Mule was finally releasing Sco-Mule, a collaboration with broad-minded jazz guitarist John Scofield, there's been plenty of speculation and anticipation. The power trio began as a part-time side project for then-Allman Brothers Band guitarist/singer Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody but, along with drummer Matt Abts, was so well-received that the southern-roots jam band ultimately took on an unexpected life of its own. Now that this live recording with Scofield is finally here ...

REDISCOVERY

John Scofield: Quiet

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John Scofield Quiet Verve Records 1996 Today's Rediscovery steps away from ECM for Quiet, an anomaly in John Scofield's career for his exclusive use of nylon-string guitar. Some gorgeous horn orchestrations, a crack trio with Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart, and a couple of guest appearances by Wayne Shorter make this a superb album well worth revisiting. So, what are your thoughts? Do you know this record, and if so, how do you ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

John Scofield: Uberjam Deux

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It's been a decade since Up All Night (Verve, 2003), John Scofield's second and, at the time it seemed, final album with his Überjam band, a group of younger players who, following his earlier forays into the territory--1998's first meeting with Medeski, Martin & Wood, A Go Go (Verve), and the larger-casted Bump (2000)--placed the guitarist smack dab on the jam band map with a combination of viscerally accessible grooves and oodles of solo space to focus on his more ...

TALKIN' BLUES

Talkin' Blues with John Scofield

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[This article originally appeared at my Jazzamatazz blog in April 2011.]John Scofield is one of the world's most influential and respected guitarists, a musician and composer who has worked with many of the greatest names in jazz: Chet Baker, Gary Burton, Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan and scores of others. His 30 plus solo recordings have taken his fans on a remarkably wide-ranging musical journey--from straight ahead jazz, bebop, and fusion, to funky ...


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