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Thursday September 24, 2015

From NPR

Songs We Love: John Scofield, ‘Mr. Puffy’
By: Tom Cole

Guitarist and composer John Scofield’s 2015 album is called Past Present. And that’s what it is: four jazz musicians very much in the moment, looking back at events that informed the music they’re playing—and listening back to a sound three of them created some 20 years ago.

Scofield’s own remarkable musical history goes back even further. He did stints with jazz greats such as Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan, Charles Mingus, Jay McShann and Gary Burton all while he was still in his 20s; before landing a high-profile gig with the Miles Davis band of the early 1980s. Since then, Scofield has explored funk, acid jazz and the music of New Orleans and Ray Charles with his own groups.

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