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Wednesday September 30, 2015

From All About Jazz

John Scofield: Past Present
By: Doug Collette

During the course of his storied career, guitarist/composer John Scofield has never shown much of of a predilection to repeat himself. Rather, he navigates through projects as diverse as trio outings, experiments with horns, collections of ballads and collaborations with the likes of Gov’t Mule and the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh in a such a way that, when he completes a cyle of activity, he’s grown discernibly as an artist.

Which is why the title of Past Present so suits Sco’s concept of return to a lineup similar to one he fronted in the early Nineties. Apart from the frontman’s evolution as an instrumentalist, writer and recording artist, the distinguishing factor here is the presence of bassist Larry Grenadier, whose work with pianist Brad Mehldau and guitarist Pat Metheny, among many others, reaffirms an appetite for adventure similar to the bandleader’s. Both establish an uncanny bond with the musicians who appeared on the aforementioned records, saxophonist Joe Lovano and drummer Bill Stewart.

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