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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!