John Scofield’s career has spanned several eras of jazz music, from his tenure with Miles Davis in the 1980s to his funked-up work with Medeski, Martin & Wood in the late 1990s, and beyond, including a detour on his gospel-infused 2009’s Piety release. And like any good musical traveler, the veteran player has a sound that encapsulates all of these experiences.
New Morning: The Paris Concert is pure Scofield. His intensity emerges quickly and carries the bandleader and his quartet – drummer Bill Stewart, bassist Ben Street, and pianist Michael Eckroth – through succinct readings of Dizzy Gillespie’s "Woody N’ You," Charlie Parker’s “Relaxin’ at Camarillo,” as well as energized takes on his own “Groove Elation” and “The Guiness Spot.” Playing to a few hundred fans at the famed Paris jazz club, New Morning, Scofield is truly in his element and gives an impressive showcase of his – and his band’s – immense talents.
John Scofield remains one of the world’s preeminent jazz guitarists, one who has successfully mined styles from across the musical spectrum for his own rich sound. New Morning: The Paris Concert is an intimate, front-row ticket to watch the master at work.
New Morning: The Paris Concert is out now on inakustik.