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John Scofield: Mixed Bag

John Scofield

John Scofield settles in no particular mode for too long. He sounds as comfortable in R&B, funk and country as he does in bebop, rock and fusion. He impresses even more for his ability to wield an instantly recognizable guitar tone and sense of phrasing that prevents him from becoming an anonymous chameleon.

“It’s never been a conscious thing,” he replies when asked how he developed such a wide musical appreciation. “I was never a jazz snob,” he says before citing B.B. King as one of his earliest idols and explaining that he grew up listening mostly to ’60s soul. “When I got into jazz, it became my passion, but the other stuff never went away.”

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