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Live Review

Moers Festival 2021

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Moers Festival Moers, Germany May 21-24, 2021 In a year that passed since the previous Moers Festival, the Covid 19 pandemic caused a lot of bad news regarding concert cancellations, closed venues, and further issues in the already challenging lives of professional musicians around the world. Thus, the success of this year's Moers event was a true cause of joy and a sigh of relief for performers, audiences, and the industry. The four-day ...

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Radio

Tribute to radio presenter and musician the late Tony Palkovic

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A tribute to the late KSPC radio presenter Tony Palkovic includes John Scofield, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea and much more. Playlist Tony Palkovic “Force of Habit" from Esoteric (Self Produced) 00:00 Tony Palkovic “Bull by the Horns" from As to Another (Self Produced) 06:37 Tony Palkovic “Intangible" from As to Another (Self Produced) 13:15 John Scofield “Blue Matter" from Blue Matter (Gramavision) 19:48 Jean-Luc Ponty “Egocentric Molecules" from Cosmic Messenger (Atlantic Jazz) 26:17 Chick Corea Electric Band “Ished" ...

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Radio

John Scofield, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis and More

Read "John Scofield, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we speak with legendary jazz guitarist John Scofield and profile his new CD Swallow Tales. We also dig into brand new material from Rudresh Mahanthappa, Lolly Allen and Anne Mette Iversen. Enjoy the jazz, friends. Playlist John Scofield “Falling Grace" Swallow Tales (ECM) 00:00 Host talks 5:43 Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz “Anything Goes" Getz Meets Mulligan in Hi-Fi -1957 (Fresh Sound) 8:20 Liberty Ellman “The Sip" Last Desert (Pi) 11:56 Host talks 17:04 Rudresh Mahanthappa ...

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Album Review

John Scofield: Swallow Tales

Read "Swallow Tales" reviewed by Ian Patterson


It was Gary Burton who brought Steve Swallow—with electric bass in tow—into the teaching ranks of the Berklee College of Music in the early 1970s. Burton had already introduced Swallow's songs to the students, one of whom, a fresh-faced John Scofield, would go on to play and record with both men. Scofield and Swallow's musical partnership has proven the more durable, having begun in the late 1970s. Here, the former teacher and student pick up where they left on the ...

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Interview

John Scofield: One For Swallow

Read "John Scofield: One For Swallow" reviewed by Ian Patterson


From time to time in his storied career John Scofield will take a look over his shoulder and re-examine some of the music that has fed into his own, personal brand of jazz. The influences are many, for no matter the context that Scofield engineers, his distinctive sound always carries something of the blues, a little funk, some R&B, a touch of soul, and a country twang. There was the '60s soul-jazz of Hand Jive (Blue Note, 1994) ...

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Building a Jazz Library

John Scofield As A Sideman: The Best Of…

Read "John Scofield As A Sideman: The Best Of…" reviewed by Ian Patterson


John Scofield is a modern-day jazz legend, one of the most instantly recognizable voices on the guitar, and an inspiration to many. In a solo career that began in earnest in 1977, Scofield has carved out his own sound on dozens of albums, including his tribute to Steve Swallow, Swallow Tales (ECM, 2020), a trio album with Swallow and Bill Stewart celebrating the bassist's compositions. It is a joyous, straight-ahead work-out, rooted in jazz tradition, yet feeding off contemporary tributaries. ...

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Top Ten List

Filmmaker Joerg Steineck's Top Ten John Scofield Albums

Read "Filmmaker Joerg Steineck's Top Ten John Scofield Albums" reviewed by Michael Ricci


In his All About Jazz interview, Berlin-based filmmaker Joerg Steineck discusses the making of his documentary Inside Scofield. As the title suggests, the film takes a look at guitar icon John Scofield's career and life on (and off) the road as a touring jazz musician. After the interview we asked Joerg to identify his favorite “Sco" records. Interviewer Mike Jacobs also chimed in with a half dozen of his own. 1. A Go Go (Verve, ...


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