Quiet (Verve 1996)

24 de junio de 2013 § Deja un comentario

JOHN SCOFIELD… tenía q elegir a un Juan ilustre para hoy; festividad de San Juan… aunq soy poco santero, es pretexto ideal para justificar una entrada interesante. Scofield es mi Juan de jazz favorito; ha ocupado un lugar preferencial tanto en mis gustos musicales como en el terreno emocional pues compartía su arte peculiar con mi gran amigo Javier Miquel Font q nos dejó demasiado pronto y con quien pasé intensos momentos de compresión musical… “Mona” vives fuerte en mi recuerdo!

John Scofield no tiene “peros” fue uno de los elegidos por Miles, toca la guitarra con un sello propio reconocible y extensible con ese “toque” de distorsión q le identifica. Ha buceado en estilos: funk, blues, gospel, es un monstruo de siete cabezas… comenzó con los más grandes (Mulligan, Baker, Mingus, Burton, Davis…) y nunca perdió el tren de la innovación. Actualmente él es el referente! Difícil es la selección de un solo tema en este caso. Destacaré “hold that thought” acompañado por Steve Swallow, Bill Stewart, Wayne Shorter, Randy Brecker… LISTEN!

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One of the “big three” of current jazz guitarists (along with Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell), John Scofield’s influence grew in the ’90s and continued into the 21st century. Possessor of a very distinctive rock-oriented sound that is often a bit distorted, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, fusion, and soul-jazz. He started on guitar while at high school in Connecticut, and from 1970-1973 Scofield studied at Berklee and played in the Boston area. After recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker at Carnegie Hall, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus, and later joined the Gary Burton quartet and Dave Liebman’s quintet. His own early sessions as a leader were funk-oriented. During 1982-1985 Scofield toured the world and recorded with Miles Davis. Since that time he has led his own groups, played with Bass Desires, and recorded frequently as a leader for Verve, Emarcy, Gramavision, and Blue Note, using such major players as Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano,Eddie Harris, and a host of others. Scofield started a long-term relationship with the Verve label in 1996 with his acoustic album Quiet. He cut the funky A Go Go with Medeski, Martin & Wood in 1997, while 2000’s Bump featured members of Sex Mob, Soul Coughing, and Deep Banana Blackout. Released in 2001,Works for Me featured a more traditional jazz sound, but for 2002’sUberjam and 2003’s Up All Night he was back to playing fusion. Drummer Bill Stewart and bassist Steve Swallow rounded out the John Scofield Trio for 2004’s cerebral and complex live album EnRoute. In 2005, Scofield paid tribute to legendary soul man Ray Charles withThat’s What I Say. He featured a number of guest vocalist/musicians, including Dr. John, Warren Haynes, and Mavis Staples. In 2007, Scofield released his debut for Emarcy, This Meets That. Once again, the set was theme-related and featured the guitarist in the company of a large horn section — winds as well as brass and reeds — playing original compositions as well as those from the rock and pop vernacular. Two of the more radical offerings on the album were the completely rearranged jazz-rock versions of Charlie Rich’s “Behind Closed Doors” and the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”Scofield took another left turn on 2009’s Piety Street. He hired Jon Cleary on keys, ex-Meters bassist George Porter, and drummer Ricky Fataar to play on a set of spirituals and gospel tunes, all done in a grooved-out soul-jazz manner. In 2010, he was the featured soloist on the Metropole Orkest’s Emarcy date 54. Scofield returned to a theme-based format for his next date for the label, A Moment’s Peace, a collection of ballads that ran the gamut from Gershwin to the Beatles, and included some original compositions. The set, which was released in September of 2011, featured the guitarist in the company of drummer Brian Blade, organist Larry Goldings, and bassist Scott Colley. Also in 2011, MSMW Live: In Case the World Changes Its Mind was released by Indirecto Records. The double-length set is culled from the Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood 2006 world tour; its contents reflect material off Scofield’s A Go Go and the MSMW studio offering Out Louder. http://www.allmusic.com

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