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John Scofield Trio

John Scofield

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John Scofield (born December 26, 1951),[2] often referred to as "Sco", is an American jazz-rock guitarist and composer whose playing spans bebop, jazz fusion, funk, blues, soul, and rock.[1]

He has played and collaborated with Miles Davis, Dave Liebman, Joe Henderson, Charles Mingus, Joey DeFrancesco, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Palmieri, Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Pat Martino, Mavis Staples, Phil Lesh, Billy Cobham, Medeski Martin & Wood, George Duke, Jaco Pastorius, John Mayer, Robert Glasper, and Gov't Mule.[3]


Scofield's family left Ohio and relocated to the small, then mostly rural town of Wilton, Connecticut; it was here that he discovered his interest in music.[4]

Educated at the Berklee College of Music, Scofield eventually left school to record with Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan. He joined the Billy Cobham/George Duke Band soon after and spent two years playing, recording and touring with them. He recorded with Charles Mingus in 1976, and replaced Pat Metheny in Gary Burton's quartet.[5] Scofield received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee in 1997.

In 1976 Scofield signed with Enja Records and released his first album, John Scofield, in 1977. He recorded with pianist Hal Galper, first on his own solo album Rough House in 1978, and then on Galper's album Ivory Forest (1980), where he played a solo rendition of Thelonious Monk's "Monk's Mood".[6]

In 1979 he formed a trio with his mentor Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum which, with drummer Bill Stewart replacing Nussbaum, has become the signature group of Scofield's career.[7] In 1982, he joined Miles Davis, with whom he remained for three and a half years. He contributed tunes and guitar work to three of Davis's albums, Star People, Decoy, and You're Under Arrest.[8] After he left Miles Davis, he released Electric Outlet (1984) and Still Warm (1985)

He started what is now referred to as his Blue Matter Band, with Dennis Chambers on drums, Gary Grainger on bass, and Mitchel Forman, Robert Aries, or Jim Beard on keyboards. The band released the albums Blue Matter, Loud Jazz and Pick Hits Live. Marc Johnson formed Bass Desires with Peter Erskine, and Bill Frisell. This "most auspicious [pairing] since John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana"[9] was only transitory and recorded just two records, the self-titled Bass Desires and Second Sight (1986 and 1987).

At the beginning of the 1990s, Scofield formed a quartet that included Joe Lovano with whom he recorded several albums for Blue Note Records.[10] Time on My Hands (1990), with Joe Lovano, Charlie Haden and Jack DeJohnette, showcased Scofield's guitar and Mingus-influenced writing. Bill Stewart became the group's drummer and played on Meant to Be (1991) and What We Do (1993). In 1992, Scofield released Grace Under Pressure, featuring fellow guitarist Bill Frisell, with Charlie Haden on bass and Joey Baron on drums. Stewart rejoined with Scofield and bassist Steve Swallow for the 1994 collaboration with Pat Metheny, I Can See Your House from Here.

Towards the end of his tenure with Blue Note, Scofield returned to a more funk and soul jazz-oriented sound, a direction which has dominated much of his subsequent output. In 1994 and 1995, he formed a group that included organist/pianist Larry Goldings, bassist Dennis Irwin, and alternately drummers, Bill Stewart and Idris Muhammad. The group toured extensively, and the albums Hand Jive and Groove Elation feature this funk/groove/soul-jazz dimension in Scofield's music, bringing in tenor saxophonist Eddie Harris, percussionist Don Alias, trumpeter Randy Brecker, and others. He recorded the acclaimed 1997 album A Go Go with the avant-garde jazz trio Medeski, Martin & Wood. Also during this period, his relationship began with British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. First as a soloist on Turnage's Blood on the Floor: Elegy for Andy, the two paired up to create Scorched, Turnage's orchestrations of Scofield compositions largely form the Blue Matter period. Scorched, a recording available on Deutsche Grammophon, debuted in Frankfurt, Germany.

He released Überjam in 2002 and Up All Night in 2004, two albums on which he experiments with drum n bass and other modern rhythms. John Scofield has also worked and recorded in Europe with nu-fusionist Bugge Wesseltoft New Conception of Jazz in 2001/2 and 2006. Late 2004 saw the release of EnRoute: John Scofield Trio LIVE, which features the jazz trio of John Scofield, the venerable Steve Swallow on bass and Bill Stewart on drums. It was recorded live at The Blue Note in NYC in December 2003. The next year, he released That's What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles - Scofield with an all-star guest studded collection of Ray Charles material. This led to a series of performances with Mavis Staples, Gary Versace on organ, John Benitez on bass, and Steve Hass on drums.

After sitting in for two engagements in December (3rd & 4th) of 2005 with Phil Lesh and Friends, Scofield has since played numerous shows with the band.

On September 26, 2006 he released Out Louder, his second collaborative effort album with avant garde jazz trio Medeski, Martin & Wood.[11] The group, known collectively as MSMW toured extensively worldwide in 2006 and 2007, with sporadic engagements planned in the future. Scofield also performs as a duo with John Medeski - aptly named The Johns and another groove trio with Scofield, Medeski and drummer Adam Deitch.

September 18, 2007 saw This Meets That released on EmArcy Records - Universal Music's jazz label, a record featuring Steve Swallow, Bill Stewart and a horn trio.

Scofield has also recorded music inspired by gospel music, notably on the 2009 release Piety Street with bassist George Porter, Jr. and singer/keyboardist Jon Cleary.

Scofield's 2010 release 54 had its origins in the 1990s when Vince Mendoza asked John Scofield to play on his first album. Scofield has since been featured on two of Mendoza's records. When Mendoza assumed directorship of The Metropole Orchestra, he and Scofield collaborated on a series of Mendoza's arrangements of Scofield compositions performed with The Metropole Orchestra.

In April 2010, Scofield was named an Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.

In January 2011 he released A Moment's Peace with pianist/organist Larry Goldings, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade on EmArcy Records.

Scofield is currently serving as an adjunct faculty member in the Jazz Department at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education.[12]

He married Susan Scofield in 1978. They are the parents of music producer Jean Scofield (born 1981) and Evan Scofield (1987–2013).


Scofield endorses Ibanez guitars. His signature guitar, the JSM100, is based on his longtime stage and recording guitar, a 1981 Ibanez AS200. He uses either a Vox AC30 or Mesa Boogie amplifier. Some of his effects include a Pro Co RAT distortion pedal, an Ibanez CS9 Analog Chorus, a Line 6 FM4 Filter Modeler, a Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler, a DigiTech XP100 Whammy/Wah, a Boss EQ Pedal, a Boss Loop Station, and a Boomerang phrase sampler pedal. He uses Dunlop Delrin 2 mm picks.[13]


As leader and co-leader

  • John Scofield (Trio (J), 1978), re-released as East Meets West (Black Hawk, 1987)
  • John Scofield Live (Enja, 1977)
  • Rough House (Enja, 1978)
  • Who's Who? (Arista Novus, 1979)
  • Four Keys with Martial Solal, Lee Konitz and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (MPS, 1979)
  • Bar Talk (Arista Novus, 1980)
  • Shinola (Enja, 1981)
  • Out Like a Light (Enja, 1981)
  • Electric Outlet (Gramavision, 1984)
  • Solar with John Abercrombie
  • Still Warm (Gramavision, 1985)
  • Blue Matter (Gramavision, 1986)
  • All Strings Attached with Tal Farlow, J. Abercrombie, L. Carlton and L. Coryell (Verve, 1986)
  • Loud Jazz (Gramavision, 1987)
  • Pick Hits Live (Gramavision, 1987)
  • Flat Out (Gramavision, 1989)
  • Time on My Hands (Blue Note, 1990)
  • Meant to Be (Blue Note, 1991)
  • Grace Under Pressure (Blue Note, 1992)
  • What We Do (Blue Note, 1993)
  • Hand Jive (Blue Note, 1994)
  • I Can See Your House from Here, with Pat Metheny (Blue Note, 1994)
  • Groove Elation (Blue Note, 1995)
  • Quiet (Verve, 1996)
  • A Go Go with Medeski Martin & Wood (Verve, 1998)
  • Old Folks with Kenny Garrett, Michael Brecker and David Friesen (West Wind, 1999)
  • Shortcuts - Jazzpar Combo 1999 with Hans Ulrik, Lars Danielsson and Peter Erskine (Stunt, 1999)
  • Bump (Verve, 2000)
  • Works for Me (Verve, 2001)
  • Überjam (Verve, 2002)
  • Oh! as ScoLoHoFo (Blue Note, 2003)
  • Up All Night (Verve, 2003)
  • Scorched with Mark-Anthony Turnage (Deutsche Grammophon, 2004)
  • John Scofield Trio LIVE EnRoute (Verve, 2004)
  • That's What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles (Verve, 2005)
  • Saudades as Trio Beyond (ECM, 2006)
  • Out Louder as Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood (Indirecto, 2006)
  • This Meets That (EmArcy, 2007)
  • Piety Street (EmArcy, 2009)
  • 54 with Vince Mendoza & Metropole Orchestra (EmArcy, 2010)
  • A Moment's Peace (EmArcy, 2011)
  • MSMW Live: In Case the World Changes Its Mind as Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood (EmArcy, 2011)
  • Überjam Deux (EmArcy, 2013)
  • Juice as Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood (Indirecto, 2014)
  • Sco-Mule as Gov't Mule feat. John Scofield (Mascot, 2015)
  • Past Present (Impulse!, 2015)
  • Country for Old Men (Impulse!, 2016)
  • Hudson with Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, and John Medeski (Motema Music, 2017)


  • Slo Sco: The Best of the Ballads (Gramavision, 1990)
  • Liquid Fire: The Best of John Scofield (Gramavision, 1994)
  • Best of John Scofield (Blue Note, 1996)
  • Steady Groovin': The Blue Note Groove Sides (Blue Note, 2000)

As a sideman

Albums listed alphabetically by group or artist's last name.

Date Artist Album title Label Notes
1984 George Adams More Sightings Enja
1985 George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet Live at Montmartre Timeless
1987 Franco Ambrosetti Movies Enja
1988 Franco Ambrosetti Movies Too Enja
1988 Ray Anderson Blues Bred in the Bone Enja
1996 Teodross Avery My Generation Impulse!
1977 Chet Baker You Can't Go Home Again Horizon
1977 Chet Baker The Best Thing for You A&M
1979 Joe Beck & Larry Coryell Tributaries Arista Novus
1989 Richie Beirach Some Other Time Triloka
1985 Paul Bley Hot Soul Note
1988 Gary Burton Times Like These GRP
1992 Gary Burton Six Pack GRP
1997 Gary Burton Departure Concord
1989 Terri Lyne Carrington Real Life Story Verve Forecast
1991 Dennis Chambers Getting Even Glass House/Pioneer (Japan)
1975 Billy Cobham A Funky Thide of Sings Atlantic
1976 Billy Cobham Life & Times Atlantic
1978 Billy Cobham Inner Conflicts Atlantic J. S. on two tracks
1976 Billy Cobham & George Duke Live on Tour in Europe Atlantic
1979 Larry Coryell Tributaries RCA/Novus
1990 Bill Cosby & Friends Where You Lay Your Head Verve
1991 Lars Danielsson Fresh Enough L+R
1985 Miles Davis You're Under Arrest Columbia
1984 Miles Davis Decoy Columbia
1983 Miles Davis Star People Columbia
2002 Miles Davis The Complete Miles Davis at Montreux 1973–1991 Warner Switzerland
1990 Joey DeFrancesco Where Were You? Columbia
1992 Jack DeJohnette Music for the Fifth World Capitol
1995 Ray Drummond Continuum Arabesque
2005 John Ellis One Foot in the Swamp Hyena
1991 Peter Erskine Sweet Soul Arista Novus
1994 David Friesen Two for the Show ITM Pacific
1979 Hal Galper Ivory Forest Enja
1987 Roberto Gatto Ask Inak
1988 Mike Gibbs Orchestra Big Time Venture
1990 Benny Golson Rhythmstick CTI
1981 Bill Goodwin Solar Energy Omni Sound Jazz
2000 Jon Gordon Possibilities Double-Time
1999 Gov't Mule Featuring J. S. Sco-Mule Provogue Released 2015
1977 Urbie Green Señor Blues CTI
1995 Herbie Hancock The New Standard Verve
1988 Tom Harrell Stories Contemporary
1993 Jimmy Haslip A R C UMG
2003 Roy Haynes Love Letters Columbia
2010 Eddie Henderson For All We Know Furthermore
1993 Joe Henderson So Near, So Far (Musings for Miles) Verve
1997 Joe Henderson Porgy & Bess Verve
1999 Joe Henderson Quiet Now: Lovesome Thing Verve J. S. on two tracks
1977 Terumasa Hino May Dance Flying Disk
1989 Terumasa Hino Bluestruck Blue Note
1995 Ron Holloway Struttin Milestone
1986 Marc Johnson Bass Desires ECM
1987 Marc Johnson Second Sight ECM
2005 Marc Johnson Shades of Jade ECM
1991 Eero Koivistoinen Altered Things Timeless
1993 Lee Konitz Rhapsody II Evidence
1988 Niels Lan Doky Daybreak Storyville
2006 Phil Lesh and Friends Live at the Warfield Image
1979 Dave Liebman Doin' It Again Timeless
1980 Dave Liebman If They Only Knew Timeless
1980 Dave Liebman What It Is Columbia
1990 Manhattan Jazz Quintet Manhattan Blues Sweet Basil
1974 Gary Marks Gathering Arewea
1980 Ron McClure Descendants Ken
1987 Ron McClure Home Base ODE
1979 Jim McNeely The Plot Thickens Muse
1989 Jim McNeely with the WDR Big Band East Coast Blow Out Lipstick
1971 Jay McShann Big Apple Bash New World
2001 Metalwood The Recline Verve
1977 Charles Mingus Three or Four Shades of Blues Atlantic
1974 Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker Carnegie Hall Concert CTI
1988 Missing Links Groovin MCA Scofield on two tracks
1986 L'Orchestre National du Jazz Orchestre National du Jazz '86 Label Bleu
1979 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Dancing on the Tables SteepleChase
1998 John Patitucci Now Concord Jazz
1983 Jim Pepper Comin' and Goin' Antilles
1997 Chris Potter Unspoken Concord
2002 Chris Potter Traveling Mercies Verve
1992 Knut Riisnæs & Jon Christensen Knut Riisnæs – Jon Christensen Featuring John Scofield – Palle Danielsson Odin
1979 Zbigniew Seifert Passion Capitol
1988 Tommy Smith Step by Step Blue Note
1999 Tommy Smith Blue Smith Linn
1977 Jeremy Steig Firefly CTI
1991 Steve Swallow Swallow XtraWATT
1990 Harvie Swartz In a Different Light Blue Moon
1989 Gary Thomas By Any Means Necessary JMT
1998 Mark-Anthony Turnage Blood on the Floor Decca
1989 McCoy Tyner Things Ain't What They Used to Be Blue Note
1978 Miroslav Vitous Guardian Angels Trio (Japan)
1984 Bennie Wallace Sweeping Through the City Enja
1985 Bennie Wallace Twilight Time Blue Note
1987 Bennie Wallace Art of the Saxophone Denon
1987 Bennie Wallace Border Town Blue Note
1979 Jack Walrath Demons in Pursuit Gatemouth
1982 Peter Warren Solidarity JAPO
2003 Bugge Wesseltoft New Conception of Jazz Live Jazzland
1995 Lenny White Present Tense Hip Bop
2007 Keller Williams Dream SCI Fidelity
2005 Eddie Palmieri Listen Here! Concord Records


  • 1998: Miles Davis Award, Montreal International Jazz Festival
  • 2016: Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Past Present
  • 2017: Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Country for Old Men
  • 2017: Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry


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  11. ^ Tamarkin, Jeff. "Out Louder - Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Jazz Faculty: John Scofield". Steinhardt School of Education. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "John Scofield - Jazz Guitarist & Composer". Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 

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