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John Scofield: Country for Old Men

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Saturday, Feb 25, 2017

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Simply Put
A Moment's Peace

John Scofield

Country For Old Men is Scofield’s homage to such greats as George Jones, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, James Taylor, and Hank Williams among others. Scofield plays alongside accomplished colleagues Steve Swallow, Larry Goldings and Bill Stewart.

About John Scofield

Scofield just received TWO 2017 Grammy Awards: Country for Old Men was named Best Jazz Instrumental Album, and John won Best Improvised Jazz Solo for his turn on “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” John brings us his celebrated take on classic country with a truly incredible band.

John Scofield is one of the most influential and innovative guitarists of his generation. He has spent the last 40 years blazing a trail through the post-fusion wilderness, bringing his singular voice to a variety of different projects. His hallmark is his masterful improvising, and his music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R&B.

Scofield’s resumé reads like a who’s who of the last 40 years of jazz. After graduating from the Berklee School of Music, his first recording was with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker. Soon he would be performing with the likes of Charles Mingus, Billy Cobham, and Herbie Hancock, and Miles Davis, with whom he had an influential stint from 1982-85 that placed him firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer.

Scofield has prominently led his own groups since then, making a big noise internationally in the modern jazz world with his rock and blues influences. He has recorded over 30 albums as a leader, including collaborations with contemporary favorites like Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, and Phil Lesh. Throughout his decades long career, Scofield has punctuated his traditional jazz offerings with funk-oriented electric music, all the while keeping an open musical mind.

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“…he possesses one of the most unique guitar voices in modern music.” – Frederick Bernas, All About Jazz

” …the proper blend of grace and grit” -New York Times