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John Scofield's Country for Old Men at the Ardmore Music Hall

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John Scofield's Country for Old Men The Ardmore Music Hall Ardmore, PA September 24, 2016 There are probably only are a handful of guitarists with a catalog as deep and stylistically diverse as John Scofield's. One of the obvious perils that these artists encounter when touring is facing an audience with fans from different stages of their careers--with different expectations. Short of doing an exhaustive retrospective every time out, this can almost guarantee a certain ...


John Scofield: Country for Old Men

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When guitarist Bill Frisell first began a more decided focus on roots music, bluegrass and country & western music with the release of 1996's Nashville (Nonesuch), despite being largely very well-received, jazz purists rankled when the largely bluegrass/folk-informed album began to garner awards like Downbeat Magazine's Best Jazz Album of the Year. While Frisell's oftentimes Americana-tinged work has, in the ensuing years, become more fully accepted for the wonderful music that it is, fellow six-stringer John Scofield is unlikely to ...


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!), ...


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 ...


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 ...


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, ...


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 ...


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 ...

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