When I write a tune – and it’s been like this for many years – I always hear in the back of my head some sort of vague, orchestrated, fully fleshed-out big-band version of the song with other parts going on.
I find as much inspiration from the forerunners of jazz as I do the modern-day innovators of jazz.
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In the States, this type of jam-band phenomena has opened it up for groups to improvise, admittedly more in the groove area, as opposed to the straight-ahead jazz thing – which is good for me, as that’s one part of where I’m at. It’s been so great playing these gigs and seeing kids come out and the whole college scene.
|Birth:||26th December, 1951|
John Scofield was born in Dayton, Ohio, USA. He is an American jazz-rock guitarist and composer whose playing spans bebop, jazz fusion, funk, blues, soul, and rock. Educated at the Berklee College of Music, he eventually left school to record with Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee in 1997. In 1976 he signed with Enja Records and released his first album, John Scofield in 1977. He recorded with pianist Hal Galper, first on his own solo album Rough House in 1978. His other albums list shown below: Bar Talk, Electric Outlet, Blue Matter, Time on My Hands, Groove Elation, A Go Go, Works for Me, Piety Street, A Moment's Peace, Past Present, and Country for Old Men.
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