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A guitarist with a reputation for a tremendous amount of musicality as well as technical skill, John Scofield was born in 1951. Often referred to by other musicians and fans alike as Sco, the guitarist is mostly associated with blending jazz and rock styles together. However, Scofield is equally at home playing soul, funk and blues as he is rock and jazz fusion. A rapid player of solos, Scofield is also recognised by many as a leading exponent of bebop on a stringed instrument. The musician has performed with some of the leading artists of their day over the course of his professional career, which began in the 1970s. He has played guitar for or with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Mavis Staples, John Mayer and Dave Liebman, to name but a few.
John Scofield's guitar setup
Scofield is noted in the jazz fraternity for his use of Ibanez guitars. He is often seen taking to the stage with a JSM100, a model that has become his signature guitar. In addition, the artist is associated with the AS200, another Ibanez model that he likes to use for recording sessions. Although he sometimes uses other equipment, Scofield is known to prefer the Vox AC30 amplifier or a Mesa Boogie model. In addition, the guitarist utilises a number of guitar effects to create his distinctive sound, such as a chorus pedal, a delay modeller and a loop station.
John Scofield's bio
Raised in rural Ohio, Scofield went on to study at the Berklee College of Music. Soon he was in demand as a session musician, playing for the likes of Gerry Mulligan and the trumpet player Chet Baker. He spent some time touring before making a recording for Charles Mingus in 1976. Partly as a result of this work, Scofield was signed by Enja Records, a German jazz label. By 1977, his eponymous debut solo album was on sale. Teaming up with Hal Galper, Scofield followed this up in 1978 with Rough House. Leaving solo work for a while, he formed a jazz trio in 1979 before working for Miles Davis for a spell.
During the 1990s, Scofield started to work in a quartet with Joe Lovano, the renowned saxophonist. Together, they recorded for Blue Note Records. Time on My Hands was a notable release from this period, featuring tracks such as “So Sue Me” and “Stranger to the Light”, both penned by the guitarist. By the latter part of the decade, Scofield had moved into more of a funk vein, with albums such as Groove Elation showcasing this change in direction. More recently, the guitarist has created avant-garde jazz works, such as Out Louder, a release of 2006. Four major retrospective works were released in 1990, 1994, 1996 and 2000, respectively.
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