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Scofield Plays Hits
September 2, 2011   
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John Scofield, one of the most important contemporary jazz guitarists, has a new album out entitled A Moment’s Peace, toying with music as he balances between smooth jazz tracks with electric vanguard. The album will have its concert premiere during the Jazz Era festival Oct. 6 at the Kongresowa Hall in Warsaw.

Scofield has contributed to some of the greatest contemporary jazz albums. He recorded his debut recordings with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker and went on to team up with some of the most important jazz bands of the past decades.

Scofield made his mark as a jazz innovator playing with Miles Davis bands. The albums Decoy, Star People and You’re Under Arrest became turning points in the careers of both Davis and Scofield himself.

Scofield bloomed when started pursuing his own ideas in bands he set up himself. He is now regarded as a jazz guitar great and A Moment’s Peace proves this is indeed true. Scofield’s immense discography features a panoply of musical styles. He likes to put out albums which on the one hand breathe some fresh air into contemporary jazz (A Go Go from 1998 and Out Louder from 2006, recorded with the Medeski-Martin-Wood trio) and are a nod to blues and gospel traditions on the other. At the same time, he has great fun playing around with jazz standards and hits, such as Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say.” On his new album, Scofield has even reached for songs by The Beatles and George Gershwin. The album is a subtle jazz delight, delivering a mix of pop hits (“I Will” by Lennon/McCartney), classic Broadway standards (“I Love You Porgy” by Gershwin), a brilliant composition by vanguard musician Carla Bley (“Lawns”), a jazz standard by Abbey Lincoln (“Throw It Away”) and several new and bold compositions Scofield wrote himself.

Jazz Era: Jazz & Soul Gala
Oct. 6
Kongresowa Hall, 1 Defilad Sq.
Tickets: www.e-bilet.pl
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