Montana Public Radio

John Scofield's Style Fits Between Post-Bop, Funkie Jazz And R & B

Jul 28, 2020

Legendary jazz guitarist John Scofield speaks with host John Floridis and answers questions submitted by Musician’s Spotlight listeners through social media.

In addition to dozens of recordings under his own name, Scofield's recorded collaborations read like a who’s who of jazz royalty: Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Charles Mingus, Gary Burton, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and his bass-playing mentor, Steve Swallow.

His most recent recording, “Swallow Tales,” finds Scofield recording "old-school style" with the bassist-composer on some of his most well-known pieces. In addition to playing with the jazz greats, Scofield has also found time to collaborate with musicians like John Mayer, Mavis Staples and Government Mule.

(Broadcast: Musician's Spotlight,  7/28/20. Listen on the radio Tuesdays, 7 p.m., or via podcast.)