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Monday July 22, 2013

From JazzWax

Interview: John Scofield

Guitarist John Scofield’s new album Uberjam Deux (Decca) is a fascinating and energetic amalgam of jazz, R&B, soul and rock. Finding novel ways to merge music styles has long been a way of life for John. He was at the heart of the jazz-fusion movement in the early ’80s, playing with Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Billy Cobham and others. John is intensely curious, and his musical taste is eclectic and diverse. As a result, his compositions are often a dynamic braid of concepts, unified by his signature, metallic-meowing jazz-rock guitar style.

Uberjam Deux’s beat-driven hybrids range from funk , romantic soul (Al Green Song), Jamaican rocksteady (Camelus) and a Philly soul cover (Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely). The beauty of John’s music is that it combines influences and always stretches the form without losing the listener. In this regard, songs on his new album emerge as steel sculptures, with pieces affixed here and there—some rotating, some swinging.

I asked John, 61, about his approach…

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