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August 21, 1994 | Zan Stewart
JOHN SCOFIELD "Hand Jive" Blue Note * * * In Scofield's first band recording since saxman Joe Lovano left his employ last year, the guitarist presents his new quartet and re-explores the brainy, appealing blues-R&B turf he called home on several albums in the late '70s and early '80s.
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February 28, 2013
The saxophonist Chris Potter has played with Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, John Scofield, Steely Dan and the Mingus Big Band, among many others. But his hard-funk sound cuts through whatever setting he plays in, and his own combo sports a nimble cast of sidemen to articulate his forceful runs. Musicians Institute Concert Center, 1655 N. McCadden Place. 8 p.m. Thu. $25. Jazzbakery.org .
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April 21, 1991 | ZAN STEWART
John Scofield, the innovative jazz guitarist who has toured with such varied artists as Miles Davis and Gary Burton, has a unique way of describing his sound. "My sound goes from a small amount of dirt . . . to a lot (of dirt)," he says. Dirt ? That's his word for the sonic distortion that Scofield, 39, achieves by funneling his guitar notes through an electronic processor. It's just one of many textures that distinguish his playing.
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September 22, 2005 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
RAY CHARLES was one of American music's greatest artists, and John Scofield is one of the contemporary jazz world's finest guitarists. It's hard to argue either point. The real question is whether there is common ground between these two seemingly disparate figures. Scofield's new CD, "That's What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles," comes up with some pretty impressive answers. A guest lineup including Mavis Staples, Dr.
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April 14, 1987 | A. JAMES LISKA
A study in contrasts was offered Sunday night at the Palace where the quartet led by guitarist John Scofield headlined and Wishful Thinking, a quintet of local musicians, opened. While both groups utilized the current electronic technology and relied heavily on the trendy fusion of musical styles, only one succeeded in creating music with charms to soothe the savage breast.
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June 15, 1998 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Scofield's new album, "A Go Go," is a collaboration between the guitarist and popular grunge-jazz trio Medeski, Martin and Wood. Playing tunes from that album Friday at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, Scofield managed to generate the disc's grungy feel even while working with musicians considerably more polished than the decidedly low-tech MM & W. The program of funk, shuffle beats and blues played right into Scofield's talented hands.
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May 18, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Post-bop jazz" is the way guitarist John Scofield likes to describe his mainstream-style playing. It's a contrast to the side of his musical persona associated with what he calls his "funky band." On Wednesday night at Catalina Bar & Grill, it was the post-bop Scofield ensemble that, for the most part, showed up. The exception was in the final number of the opening set, a groove-driven tribute to tenor saxophonist Eddie Harris.
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February 28, 2013
The saxophonist Chris Potter has played with Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, John Scofield, Steely Dan and the Mingus Big Band, among many others. But his hard-funk sound cuts through whatever setting he plays in, and his own combo sports a nimble cast of sidemen to articulate his forceful runs. Musicians Institute Concert Center, 1655 N. McCadden Place. 8 p.m. Thu. $25. Jazzbakery.org .
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May 31, 1992 | BILL KOHLHAASE
*** 1/2, John Scofield, "Grace Under Pressure," Blue Note. Scofield contrasts his snap-and-crackle style with fellow guitarist Bill Frisell's impressionistic, fuzzy-bear tones. It's a surprisingly warm meeting. Frisell adds atmospheric effects, such as his brassy chording on "Honest I Do," or persistent chatter, as on "Pat Me." Meanwhile, Scofield's polished narrative style provides a down-home sophistication.
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September 22, 2005 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
RAY CHARLES was one of American music's greatest artists, and John Scofield is one of the contemporary jazz world's finest guitarists. It's hard to argue either point. The real question is whether there is common ground between these two seemingly disparate figures. Scofield's new CD, "That's What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles," comes up with some pretty impressive answers. A guest lineup including Mavis Staples, Dr.
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May 18, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Post-bop jazz" is the way guitarist John Scofield likes to describe his mainstream-style playing. It's a contrast to the side of his musical persona associated with what he calls his "funky band." On Wednesday night at Catalina Bar & Grill, it was the post-bop Scofield ensemble that, for the most part, showed up. The exception was in the final number of the opening set, a groove-driven tribute to tenor saxophonist Eddie Harris.
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January 21, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman writes frequently about jazz for The Times
It's a fair estimate that more guitars have been sold in the past four or five decades than any other instrument. The guitar's presence in jazz has benefited enormously from so many new players, all eager to find their own way. If fusion jazz and jazz-rock did nothing else, they at least provided the opportunity for the enormously diverse potential of the electric guitar (with all its ancillary attachments) to enter the jazz mainstream.
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April 23, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Guitarist John Scofield believes in thinking young. The group he brought to Catalina Bar & Grill on Tuesday for the opening set of a six-night run included a trio of players--keyboardist Will Boulware, bassist Matt Garrison and drummer Marlon Browden--who looked young enough to be the 47-year-old Scofield's sons. And his current band is a follow-up to his recent recording with another ensemble--Medeski Martin and Wood.
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June 15, 1998 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Scofield's new album, "A Go Go," is a collaboration between the guitarist and popular grunge-jazz trio Medeski, Martin and Wood. Playing tunes from that album Friday at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, Scofield managed to generate the disc's grungy feel even while working with musicians considerably more polished than the decidedly low-tech MM & W. The program of funk, shuffle beats and blues played right into Scofield's talented hands.
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June 11, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the sometimes fractured, and fractious, world of jazz, musicians can be sequestered in respective categorical corners. Players, even the good ones, who have dabbled in rock and fusion, let alone the dreaded "smooth jazz," aren't invited to the mainstream jazz party, and vice versa.
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December 5, 1996 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Scofield has been one of the principal paragons of hard-edged electric jazz guitar for decades. So his decision to go all acoustic for his current, appropriately titled album "Quiet" (Verve) was a startling development for his many young fans. The opening night of his six-night run at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood on Tuesday was filled with an eager audience, ready to check out his playing while hanging on his every multi-string run up and down the instrument.
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April 26, 1989 | A. JAMES LISKA
John Scofield, the guitarist who played with Charles Mingus, Billy Cobham and Jay McShann, among others, before coming of age with Miles Davis in the early 1980s, brought his trio to the Catalina Bar and Grill. An infrequent visitor to the Southland, Scofield was greeted on the first night of his weekend gig with enthusiasm by a sparse crowd at the Hollywood night club. Considering the man's talents, the place should have been packed to the rafters. Working with bassist Anthony Cox and drummer John Riley, Scofield presented a set that mixed his own compositions with those of the standard jazz repertoire.
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December 5, 1996 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Scofield has been one of the principal paragons of hard-edged electric jazz guitar for decades. So his decision to go all acoustic for his current, appropriately titled album "Quiet" (Verve) was a startling development for his many young fans. The opening night of his six-night run at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood on Tuesday was filled with an eager audience, ready to check out his playing while hanging on his every multi-string run up and down the instrument.
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December 29, 1995 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
New recordings by Herbie Hancock and Joe Lovano are among the highlights from a list of early 1996 releases for jazz enthusiasts.
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December 14, 1995 | DON HECKMAN
John Scofield's back in his funk bag again. The highly regarded guitarist--he won both the Down Beat readers' and critics' polls this year--has moved freely through a variety of styles since he emerged on the jazz scene in the early '70s. But there was nothing particularly eclectic about the group he brought to Catalina Bar & Grill on Tuesday for the opening performance of a six-night run.
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