Innovative guitarist, visionary band leader, and singular composer John Scofield has been on a serious roll, of late. Sco’s 2015 release, Past Present, earned the New York native not one but two Grammy Awards, for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo. Scofield followed Past Present with the eclectic Country For Old Men, the Grammy gods granting him the gilded gramophone trophies for Best Jazz Instrumental Album of 2016, and Best Improvised Jazz Solo (“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”).
John Scofield keeps his talent and his trusty Ibanez AS200 guitar burning brightly on Combo 66 (Verve), which finds our man with a new quartet and fresh compositions celebrating what else? Scofield’s 66th birthday!
“I wrote all new tunes for this record, Combo 66,” Scofield notes from where else, the road. “I called it that because—I’m 66! And 66 is the coolest jazz number you can get because if you hit 66 you’re doing ok. Remember all the great records from the 60s? Brasil 66. ‘Route 66.’ It hit me that it would be poetic to use that title.”
Now John Scofield is back in Stavanger with. Combo 66
John Scofield: guitar , Gerald Clayton: piano, organ, Vicente Archer: bass, Bill Stewart: drums