It's all jazz for do-it-all guitarist John Scofield

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Wednesday June 22, 2016

From Ottawa Citizen
By Peter Hum

It’s all jazz for do-it-all guitarist John Scofield

‘In my dreams,’ John Scofield says, ‘I would have one music that was the only thing that I did.’

Those are the musings of one of music’s most adaptable, yet distinctive, electric guitarists. Over nearly four decades, Scofield, 64, has made exceptional records that slot into many of jazz’s sub-genres. Broadly speaking, he oscillates between the swinging, largely acoustic jazz that traditionalists love and more rocking, electrified music.

Scofield’s projects this year alone attest to his eclectic ways. A few weeks ago in New York, he was playing groovy, original electronica-influenced music with keyboardist Brad Mehldau and drummer Mark Guiliana, both several decades his junior. This fall, the guitarist is to release the album Country For Old Men, a collection of tunes by George Jones, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and even Shania Twain.

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