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John Scofield Releases His First-Ever Solo Guitar Recording

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With a career spanning over half a century, it’s all the more striking that this is in fact John Scofield’s first-ever guitar-solo recording.

John Scofield talks to Jazz Guitar Today about his new solo album.

The long wait, however, pays off, as John is able to benefit from his decades of experience and charts an intimate path through the styles and idioms he has traversed up until today. He is not entirely all on his own on this endeavor though: the guitarist enters into dialogues with himself, soloing to his own tasteful chordal and rhythmic accompaniment via loop machine.

“I think that there’s a delicateness that I have acquired from playing at home alone,” Scofield has recently said in a conversation with The Boston Herald. “I am so used to playing with a slamming band […] and there’s a certain musicality to that. That went away and was replaced by this more delicate approach of pinpointing the beauty of the strings. When I play solo, I make these little guitar loops on the fly, […] and it’s almost like I’m playing with another person.”

John Scofield talks to Jazz Guitar Today about his new solo album.


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