John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s  and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B.

Born in Ohio and raised in suburban Connecticut, Scofield took up the guitar at age 11, inspired by both rock and blues players. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. After a debut recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus, and joined the Gary Burton quartet. He began his international career as a bandleader and recording artist in 1978. From 1982–1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis. His Davis stint placed him firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer.

Since that time he has prominently led his own groups in the international Jazz scene, recorded over 30 albums as a leader (many already classics) including collaborations with contemporary favorites like Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Government Mule, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and Phil Lesh. He’s played and recorded with Tony Williams, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Dave Holland, Terumasa Hino among many jazz legends. Throughout his career Scofield has punctuated his traditional jazz offerings with funk-oriented electric music. All along, the guitarist has kept an open musical mind.

Touring the world approximately 200 days per year with his own groups, he is an Adjunct Professor of Music at New York University, a husband, and father of two.

JOHN SCOFIELD SOLO John Scofield – Guitar

John Scofield, guitar
Steve Swallow, bass
Bill Stewart, drums

John Scofield, guitar
Jon Cowerd, piano
Vicente Archer, bass
Tony Leone, drums

1977 John Scofield Live Quartet Enja Live recording from Munich
1978 John Scofield Trio plus Terumasa Hino on two tracks Trio (Jp) Recorded in Tokyo; Re-released as East Meets West on Black Hawk in 1987
1978 Rough House Quartet as John Scofield Quartet Enja
1979 Who’s Who? Quintet and two quartet tracks Arista Novus Re-released 1990 with the four originals from Bar Talk as bonus tracks
1980 Bar Talk Trio w/ Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum Arista Novus
1981 Shinola Trio w/ Swallow and Nussbaum Enja Live recording from Munich
1981 Out Like a Light Trio w/ Swallow and Nussbaum Enja Live recording, third day from the same concert venue as Shinola
1984 Electric Outlet Quintet w/ David Sanborn and Ray Anderson Gramavision Scofield plays also bass and DMX drum machine
1984 Solar with John Abercrombie, duos and three quartet tracks Palo Alto
1985 Still Warm Quartet Gramavision
1986 Blue Matter Quintet and sextet, first w/ Gary Grainger and Dennis Chambers Gramavision
1987 Loud Jazz Quintet Gramavision
1987 Pick Hits Live Quartet Gramavision Live recording
1989 Flat Out Quintet Gramavision
1990 Time on My Hands Quartet w/ Joe Lovano Blue Note Acoustic jazz supergroup featuring Charlie Haden and Jack DeJohnette.
1991 Meant to Be Quartet w/ Joe Lovano Blue Note First Scofield record to feature drummer Bill Stewart.
1992 Grace Under Pressure Quartet w/ Bill Frisell plus horn section on half of the tracks Blue Note Frisell and Scofield had previously partnered in Marc Johnson’s Bass Desires.
1993 What We Do Quartet w/ Joe Lovano Blue Note
1994 Hand Jive Sextet Blue Note Soul jazz session featuring saxophonist Eddie Harris two years before Harris’s death.
1994 I Can See Your House from Here with Pat Metheny, quartet Blue Note
1995 Groove Elation Quartet plus horn section and percussion Blue Note Soul jazz session featuring the New Orleans style drumming of Idris Muhammad and organ by Larry Goldings .
1996 Quiet Trio plus horn section,
feat. Wayne Shorter on three tracks
Verve Scofield plays exclusively acoustic guitar, focus on arrangements, some light jazz waltzing and bossa nova, appropriate title
1998 A Go Go with Medeski Martin & Wood Verve First collaboration with avantjazz-funk organ trio
2000 Bump Duo to quintet in altering constellations Verve Scofield plays acoustic guitar on some tracks and adds more sound effects, opens further up to (slightly) younger musicians like Tony ScherrKenny Wollesen and Mark De Gli Antoni introducing electronica
2001 Works for Me Quintet w/ Kenny Garrett and Brad Mehldau Verve Contemporary post-bop line-up and repertoire
2002 Überjam Überjam quartet up to sextet
as The John Scofield Band
Verve New band, first time with Avi Bortnick and Adam Deitch plus John Medeski, even more effects, reaching into dub reggaejungle groovesrap and samples
2003 Oh! as ScoLoHoFo w/ Joe Lovano, Dave Holland and Al Foster Blue Note Acoustic jazz quartet
2003 Up All Night Überjam quartet plus horns
as The John Scofield Band
Verve Überjam band with Andy Hess, bass guitar.
2004 Scorched with Mark-Anthony Turnage Deutsche Grammophon
2004 John Scofield Trio LIVE EnRoute Trio w/ Swallow and Bill Stewart Verve Live recording
2005 That’s What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles Verve
2006 Saudades as Trio Beyond w/ Larry Goldings and Jack DeJohnette ECM one-time Tony Williams tribute band
2006 Out Louder as Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood Indirecto First recording of Medeski, Scofield Martin & Wood partnership with co-equal contributions from Scofield and Medeski Martin & Wood
2007 This Meets That Trio w/ Swallow and Bill Stewart plus horn section EmArcy
2009 Piety Street Quartet feat. vocals EmArcy
2011 A Moment’s Peace Quartet EmArcy
2011 MSMW Live: In Case the World Changes Its Mind as Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood EmArcy Live recording
2013 Überjam Deux Überjam EmArcy Follow-up to Überjam from 2002 and Up All Night
2014 Juice as Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood Indirecto
2015 Past Present Quartet w/ Joe LovanoLarry Grenadier and Bill Stewart Impulse!
2016 Country for Old Men Quartet w/ Larry GoldingsSteve Swallow and Bill Stewart Impulse! Literally old men embracing country
2017 Hudson Quartet w/ Jack DeJohnetteLarry Grenadier and John Medeski Motéma
2018 Combo 66 Quartet w/ Gerald ClaytonBill Stewart and Vicente Archer Verve
2020 Swallow Tales Trio w/ Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart ECM


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