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Thursday July 21, 2011

from Guitar International

Album Review: John Scofield – A Moment’s Peace
By Vince Lewis

John Scofield is a fellow guitarist whose recordings I am always pleased to see hit my mailbox for review. His albums are always interesting and varied musically. There is no doubt that Scofield not only enjoys many genres, and he is more than capable of proving quality music in them as well.

John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s. He has a very distinctive sound, which combines a slightly overdriven and edgy tone with more conventional phrasing. He is a player whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B.

He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, and after a debut recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus, and joined the Gary Burton quartet. He began his international career as a bandleader and recording artist in 1978. From 1982-1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis.

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