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John Scofield: Piety Street

Read "Piety Street" reviewed by John Kelman

Over the course of his four-decade career, guitarist John Scofield has maintained a successful dual career that alternates purer jazz with projects that skirt its edges and are aimed at a larger demographic. Not that there's anything wrong with that. His That's What I Say: John Scofield Plays The Music of Ray Charles (Verve, 2005) garnered ...

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John Scofield: Piety Street

Read "Piety Street" reviewed by Doug Collette

John Scofield's Piety Street is an exercise in musicology, but it's also much more than that. Without sacrificing the prominence of his electric guitar playing--just utilizing it from a different perspective--this gospel blues album further demonstrates how he has executed similar fusions, in altogether different contexts, throughout his extensive 36-album career.

Just as Scofield doesn't play ...