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John Scofield Trio: Jazz giant rolls past, present and future into a celebratory parade

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Wednesday May 04, 2016

From The Sydney Morning Herald

By Jessica Nicholas

The title of John Scofield​‘s Grammy-winning 2015 album, Past Present, is a neat summation of the US musician’s modus operandi. One of the most influential guitarists in jazz, Scofield’s approach is clearly informed by his past, but he’s much more interested in exploring the here and now.

This week he’s in Melbourne for a rare six-night run with his trio, giving him the opportunity to stretch out and dip into decades’ worth of music from his extensive back catalogue, as well as hinting at future projects.

Tuesday’s early and late shows each contained a composition by Bird (Charlie Parker), in honour of Melbourne’s newest jazz venue. But most of the tunes were by Scofield, offering constant – and exuberant – reminders of the guitarist’s compositional gifts.

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