John Scofield

Guitar Techniques - - MUSIC REVIEW -

Coun­try For old Men Im­pulse ✪✪ ✪✪ ✪

One of the world’s most ex­ploratory mod­ern jazz gui­tarists, it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore Sco ven­tured into coun­try. He avoids ‘Stet­son’ stereo­types though, as this mix of old and new clas­sics vi­brates well with his own funky phras­ing within a jazz quar­tet set­ting. On pieces like Mr Fool, Jo­lene and Red River Val­ley his gui­tar sings, rasps and syn­co­pates, in keep­ing with coun­try gui­tar’s sen­si­bil­i­ties. While he works his emo­tive magic on Sha­nia Twain’s You’re Still The One (those chord changes and in­ter­val jumps are ex­plored won­der­fully here), he’s not shy to jazz out on Hank Wil­liams’ I’m So Lone­some I Could Cry; his gui­tar twists with in­ter­val­lic jumps and bit­ing syn­co­pa­tions as Steve Swal­low, Larry Gold­ings and Bill Stew­art glee­fully race around him. In­spir­ing stuff!

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