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Reinventing the Feel: John Scofield Goes Gospel.

John Scofield

“Hey, come back here and see what this band is really about,” said the guitarist John Scofield in April, chuckling from the rear of the plush touring coach he occupies with his Piety Street Band. The group, which on this leg of its extensive tour includes Scofield, the singer and keyboardist Jon Cleary, bassist Donald Ramsey and drummer Ricky Fataar, is shuttling from a D.C. suburb to Baltimore, playing two workaday gigs sandwiched between heavier dates at B.B. King’s in New York City and Jazz Fest in New Orleans.

In the bus’ back lounge, the main attraction, courtesy of Cleary’s laptop, is a sketch from the short-lived British comedy show Big Train. It’s a hysterical clip, and pretty blue; maybe not the sort of programming you’d expect from two guys who contemplated salvation the night before with a set of terrifically soulful New Orleans-flavored gospel music.

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