Throughout his days as a guitarist with Jazz-Funk pioneer Billy Cobham, his 1980s Fusion classics with Miles Davis, and his later solo career, John Scofield has developed an extremely individual sound, bolstered by many top-notch sidemen. He's simplified his style over the years, opting for a bluesy, funkier vibe compared to his earlier, more complex songwriting. While many guitarists express themselves with endless streams of eighth notes, Scofield makes his mark by expertly finding the notes that carry over from chord to chord -- though to be fair, Scofield can blaze a fast Bebop run with unbelievable ease. His distinct, behind-the-beat rhythmic phrasing, trademark chorus, and semi-hollowbody sound have influenced thousands of guitarists.
John Scofield Concert Films
New Morning: The Paris Concert
Runtime: 1 hr 56 minJohn is considered one of the most important and influential jazz guitarists and composers since he arrived on the scene in the mid '70s. A masterful improviser at the peak of his creative art, Scofield revisits compositions & interpretations richly combining post-bop, funk-edged jazz, and R&B influences. This brilliant performance by John Scofield (backed by master drummer Bill Stewart, bassist Ben Street and pianist Michael Eckroth) is a true gem.
John Scofield Top Tracks
Solos: The Jazz Sessions
Runtime: 49 minJoe Lovano began playing alto saxophone as a child. His father, tenor saxophonist Tony "Big T" Lovano, schooled young Joe in jazz dynamics and interpretation, and regularly exposed him to the live performances of international jazz artists . Lovano uses a variety of horns and gongs to wind his way through several of his own compositions, standards and improvisations.
Bowlive: Live at the Brooklyn Bowl
Runtime: 2 hr 12 minIn March of 2010, the members of Soulive hauled their instruments through the doors of a newly-opened warehouse-turned-music venue in Brooklyn that they would call home for the next two weeks. Eric Krasno, Alan Evans and Neal Evans called on a multitude of their closest friends and musical conspirators to join them over the next fortnight - creating an incredibly broad guest lineup that included some of the pre-eminent guitar virtuosos of our generation (Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes), some of the biggest names in hip-hop (Questlove, Rahzel), and some of the most inventive improvisational players in modern rock n' roll (Robert Randolph, Marco Benevento, Oteil & Kofi Burbridge). The Brooklyn Bowl quickly became the mecca for these very distinct yet like-minded musicians, where they returned night after night, donning the dress code for good times (bowling shoes) and sharing famous Blue Ribbon fried chicken. The common thread that tied together all these disparate ingredients quickly became palpable -- from the transcendental heartfelt improvisations onstage to the homey & playful atmosphere provided by the bowling alley, the Soulive residency was like nothing that had come before it because all of those diverse elements fused to ultimately bring the Soul to Brooklyn Bowl.
Solos: The Jazz Sessions
Runtime: 48 minGuitarist John Abercrombie combines bop and free jazz stylistic elements with electronics utilizing phase shifters, guitar synthesizers and the good old volume pedal. What has kept his playing fresh is his refusal to be chained to these digital devices. As he told Down Beat writer Bill Milkowski, "I try to adjust my playing to the timbre and learn something about how to play that sound, yet at the same time I have to try and force the instrument to play with me a little bit. In other word, I sometimes try to overplay the instrument."
Solos: The Jazz Sessions
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minAn up-close portrayal of Frisell, filmed by Daniel Berman at the Berkeley Church in Toronto. This rare solo session features an intimate look into his electric guitar and looping wizardry, and includes an exclusive interview with Frisell. On the taping of Solos Frisell comments, "It's a weird thing playing solo. I live for the interaction with other musicians."
We Live Here
Pat Metheny Group
Runtime: 1 hr 50 minSome six years after their previous studio album, the Pat Metheny Group regrouped in 1995 to release the album We Live Here. This was to be the first of a set of three albums that the band refer to as the triptych, the others being Quartet (1996) and Imaginary Day (1997). Following the release of the album, the Pat Metheny Group embarked on a world tour during which this concert was filmed in Japan. Many of the tracks from the We Live Here album are included along with others from their various eighties albums. There are short interview segments with the band members inserted between some of the songs which give an insight into the creation of the album and life on the tour.
Live At Montreux 1986/1993
Al di Meola
Runtime: 46 minAl Di Meola was one of the dominant figures in jazz rock fusion in the seventies and eighties, first with Return To Forever, which also featured Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke, and later as a solo artist. His albums have dominated the US jazz charts and he has frequently earned top honors in Guitar Player magazine’s polls. From the late 1980s onwards he has moved away from jazz fusion to concentrate primarily on acoustic guitar, with an increasing Latin influence. This concert by him at Montreux Jazz Festival 1986 is a solo performance. For 45 minutes long Al Di Meola manages to keep the attention of the audience, not only with a good sense of humor but certainly also with a great variety of style and dynamics. Especially for guitarists this concert is a pleasure to watch, since it contains many close-up shots of Al Di Meola showing his amazing technique.
Live at Montreux
Return To Forever
Runtime: 1 hr 49 minReturn To Forever were at the forefront of jazz/rock fusion in the seventies and like their contemporaries Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra were formed by a former Miles Davis sideman, in this case the great Chick Corea. Return To Forever hit their commercial and artistic peak with a string of albums in the mid-seventies featuring the line-up of Chick Corea on keyboards, Stanley Clarke on bass, Al Di Meola on guitar and Lenny White on drums. In 2008 this classic line-up reunited for their first tour in 25 years and proved that their musicianship and the chemistry within the band were as strong as ever. This concert was filmed at Montreux in July 2008 with the bonus tracks being filmed in Clearwater, Florida later the same month.