Thursday, August 02, 2007

John Scofield's A-Team

John Scofield has a new record coming out on Emarcy, and it looks fantastic.

The album finds Scofield once again in the company of what he calls his "A-Team" - bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bill Stewart. [. . .]
Joining the trio is a four-part horn section featuring Roger Rosenberg on baritone sax and bass clarinet, Jim Pugh on trombone, Lawrence Feldman on tenor sax and flutes and John Swana on trumpet and flugelhorn.

Scofield's reputation as a hip alternative to the piano has been well documented since the 1970s, in ensembles ranging from saxophone/guitar/bass/drums to trumpet/guitar/bass/drums to trumpet/saxophone/guitar/bass/drums. As far as I know, this is his first outing in a medium sized, guitar-only group.

If this sounds at all interesting to you, bassist/composer Alexis Cuadrado cut a record, Visual, with a sextet of similar instrumentation (alto sax/ten sax/tromb/gtr/bass/drums) that I highly recommend. If you're feeling adventurous, Nels Cline has a sextet record of Andrew Hill compositions, called New Monastery; the sextet includes cornet, clarinet, and accordion.

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