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Scott Fields Ensemble: Barclay

Read "Barclay" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Scott Fields' distinctive approach to composition marches to the next level on this third installment of the “Beckett Trilogy," where he uses additional Samuel Barclay Beckett (1906-1989) plays as an inspiration for these three extended works, based on the novelist's text/plots.

The ensemble seemingly weaves some of Beckett's black comedy and humor into ...

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Scott Fields Ensemble: Samuel

Read "Samuel" reviewed by Troy Collins

The works of Samuel Beckett have been a recurrent source of inspiration for guitarist Scott Fields. Samuel is Fields' second effort at conveying the master's prose through pure sound, following Beckett (Clean Feed, 2007). Transposing the original text of Beckett's plays into precise pitches, chords and time signatures, Fields transforms Beckett's wordplay into melodies and harmonies ...

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Scott Fields Ensemble: Denouement

Read "Denouement" reviewed by Troy Collins

Chicago-based guitarist Scott Fields most successful projects, such as Mamet (Delmark, 2001), and Beckett (Clean Feed, 2007), offer a novel merger of structured improvisation inspired by literary sources, this album included. Recorded in 1997 and previously available only on Fields' own tiny Geode label, this session sat dormant for ten years before this Clean Feed reissue.

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Scott Fields Ensemble: Dénouement

Read "Dénouement" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Registrata dieci anni fa, la musica di Dénouement ha faticato - succede, non c'è da stupirsi - per trovare il modo di venire pubblicata, venendo palleggiata tra etichette e produttori vari, per poi uscire una prima volta con la non fortunata etichetta Geode di Scott Fields e finalmente approdare a una label di qualità indiscutibile e di buona ...

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Scott Fields Ensemble: Beckett

Read "Beckett" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Scott Fields è un chitarrista che definire jazz sarebbe molto riduttivo. La definizione che lui stesso dà della sua musica è “post-free jazz”, ed “exploratory music”. In realtà, il suo maggior riferimento è il sistema tonale di Stephen Dembski, compositore che il chitarrista ha conosciuto nel 1991. Beckett, album dedicato allo scrittore irlandese, è comunque il suo album ...

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Scott Fields Ensemble: Beckett

Read "Beckett" reviewed by Troy Collins

Beckett follows in the conceptual footsteps of Mamet (Delmark, 2001), guitarist Scott Fields' previous project inspired by an author. Tracking the thematic similarities between Beckett's writing and Fields' compositions is a tenuous prospect, like any project that yields inspiration from a divergent art form. Nonetheless, the album provides a challenging and rewarding listen on its own, ...

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Scott Fields Ensemble: Christangelfox

Read "Christangelfox" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Three musicians gather to make music. Each plays an instrument and percussion that comes in a set of four. Their percussion comprises scrap metal, stone, and wood, all of which float on foam slabs. They begin and then go on for the next hour playing the composition of Scott Fields.

The music on Christangelfox ...

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Scott Fields Ensemble: Mamet

Read "Mamet" reviewed by Derek Taylor

In search for vessels of influence beyond expected musical sources Wisconsin based guitarist Scott Fields has uncovered an intriguing fount of inspiration for his debut Delmark release in the dramatic work of modern American playwrights. Stripped down to power trio instrumentation, but often employing a diffuse long-winded approach Fields explores many of the same sound relationships ...

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Scott Fields Ensemble: D

Read "D" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Alliteration and rhythm, hyperbole and bombast. Literary devices and their musical counterparts often incorporate similar means to an end. Both are designed to elicit specific emotions and responses in their audiences. Scott Fields explores the ramifications of one such device, denouement, on this latest release on his own Geode imprint. In literature denouement denotes the final ...