John Scofield At Jazz Alley February 21, 2017
Played all country, signature Scofield style. Such a distinct voice. Nobody sounds like him. The way he plays a head, his attack, his articulation. And so many ideas. Was playing an Ibanez through a Fender super reverb clean, and tone was Sco tone. Coming off winning a Grammy he's gotta be stoked. Started with "Mr Fool" which set tenor for the night: familiar melody that slowly fell away into interpretation and then returned. Second tune "Mama Tried" by Merle Haggard. Then, "Jolene" by Dolly Parton of course, imbued with the soul of the song and a killer bass solo. Then, "Bartender Blues" which he played with a capo, don't see that on a jazz guitar very often. Then two Hank Williams tunes, "So Lonesome I Could Die" and "You Win Again" with the usual descent/ascent into jazz madness. Then a really sweet version of Shania Twain's "You're Still The One." Then "The Gambler" a rollickin version as well as a tune from Hee Haw by Buck Owens. Crazy tasteful organ solos on both. Ended with Wild Wood Flower. Accompanying Scofield was Vicente Archer (bass), Larry Goldings (organ/piano) and Bill Stewart (drums).