John Scofield

John Scofield

Over the last four decades of his career John Scofield has already plowed an uncommonly broad stylistic spectrum. Sometimes he tore a with rich funk and fusion sounds with, then he impresses with swinging jazz standards, meaty bebop or rock jam band sound, collaborated with symphonic orchestras and progressive jazz big bands, played earthy blues, groovy New Orleans Rhythm'n ' Blues or soulful gospel music. And always Surprised audiences and critics for his chameleonic versatility. Even more amazing is that he nevertheless always maintained his unmistakable own voice on the guitar.

In "A Moment's Peace" is Scofield and his all-star band with pianist / organist Larry Goldings basking (James Taylor, Norah Jones, Walter Becker), bassist Scott Colley (Jim Hall, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny) and drummer Brian Blade (Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan) now. in ballads that are associated with legends such as Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone and John Coltrane But the repertoire also includes FIVE new originals of guitarist and penetrating the skin interpretations of the lyrical Lennon-McCartney-number "I Will" and Carla Bley's "Lawns".

"It's an album with a slow, soft music," says guitarist and multiple Poll winner. "But we did not even that it degenerates into easy-listening. Therefore we tried to really to make something with the pieces. I do not - no matter what kind of music I play - absolutely important that it sounds fresh and we tease out something from her. The creativity has to be there, regardless of whether one is accompanied or playing a solo. "

Scofield treated timeless classics such as "I Want To Talk About You", "You Do not Know What Love Is", "Gee, Baby, Is not I Good To You?" And "I Loves You, Porgy" with all due respect endeavor at the same time also to give them their own, original painting. The best example is "You Do not Know What Love Is" by Gene de Paul and Don Raye, the highlight the band with a discreet reggae groove. The uncommonly active rhythm section supports Scofield active not only here, one of the well-known piece of breathing new life. Scott Colley, with its majestic Bass flexible backbone of the ensemble, while Larry Goldings on piano and organ for the clever harmonic embellishment is responsible and Brian Blade shines with usual empathetic and dynamic drumming. Scofield is about his partner full of praise: "There are musicians who have the empathy of a bulldozer," the guitarist says, laughing. "But Scott, Larry and Brian know how to serve the music, while they make their personal statements. This has something magical! "

With Brian Blade Scofield worked at this session for the first time in the studio together. Scott Colley was in the early 1990s, a member of Scofield's band and accompanied the guitarist then on tour. Most closely is the relationship between John Scofield and Larry Goldings: the keyboardist has been to three recordings by guitarist involved ( "Hand Jive" / 1993, "Groove Elation" / 1995 and "That's What I Say" / 2005) and formed with Scofield and drummer Jack DeJohnette and Trio beyond, which recorded 2006 live double album "Saudades" fOr ECM.

"In my eyes, Larry is one of the great orchestrators," said Scofield. "That's what make keyboardist if they play in a band. Unfortunately only beat many keyboardist doing a direction in which it itself does not automatically lead me. With Larry's ideas but I'm always in compliance. FOr me he is the perfect playing partner, because we have very similar principles. He may exact the kind of music that I also like. No matter what kind of project I do when Larry comes to that music can thus only win. The same is also true for Brian and Scott. The boys evaluate the music by what they play, easy on. And for a band leader, it is important that he can trust the instincts of his musicians. I had during the sessions do not lose a word about the music. We played the songs simple. "

That the recording session of "A Moment's Peace" was so relaxed, Scofield is not surprising considering his band fellows so: "These guys can play beautifully and left and so really resist giving the mood of a song. to be relaxed, but to let the music sound at the same time fresh and energetic ... that is the art. I've tried pretty easy to keep the music, so everyone just needed to play. If you work with such personalities, then you should just leave them make ... the music then arises all by itself. "

"It has 'Quiet' the first time I tried it again," said Scofield. FOr be published in 1996 Verve debut album "Quiet" he added with an acoustic guitar (and sometimes accompanied by a seven-member wind ensemble) especially quiet pieces. "I stopped short of the pieces, because it's important to me about the songs in and of itself. Although we play solos, but the interpretation of the pieces was my main goal. "

And as might be expected, the guitarist with "A Moment's Peace" is a new masterpiece succeeded: a ballads album full of little surprises.

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