John Scofield — Past Present (September 25, 2015)
♦♦♦ Z podzimní tour z těch blízkých měst je možné vybrat si Vídeň, Krakow, Wroclaw, Neuburg. Album je i ve formátu Hi−Res 24−bit – 96.00 kHz. Bringing back the 1990 band with Joe Lovano, Bill Stewart and Larry Grenadier stepping in for Dennis Irwin and Marc Johnson. © John Scofield at Moers Festival 2006
Born: December 26, 1951 in Dayton, OH
Location: New York, NY
• Ibanez Artist Series AS200
Album release: September 25, 2015
Recording date: March 16, 2015 & March 17, 2015
Record Label: Impulse! / UMC
01. Slinky 7:10
02. Chap Dance 5:21
03. Hangover 6:34
04. Museum 6:30
05. Season Creep 5:04
06. Get Proud 5:21
07. Enjoy the Future 5:23
08. Mr. Puffy 5:02
09. Past Present 6:04
℗ 2015 Impulse ! A Division of Universal Music France
• Brian Bacchus A&R
• Farida Bachir Art Direction, Executive Producer
• Françoise Bergmann Design
• Ian Callanan Assistant Engineer
• Larry Grenadier Double Bass
• Philippe Lévy−Stab Cover Photo, Photography
• Joe Lovano Sax (Tenor)
• Brian Montgomery Pro–Tools
• Jay Newland Engineer, Mixing Engineer
• John Scofield Composer, Guitar, Producer
• Bill Stewart Drums
• Mark Wilder Mastering
• Josef Woodard Liner Notes
•−• In 1998, John Scofield was granted the Miles Davis Award by the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
•−• Scofield endorses Ibanez guitars. His signature guitar, the JSM100, is based on his longtime stage and recording guitar, a 1981 Ibanez AS200 which he believes to be one of the best semi−acoustics ever built. He gets his tone by running a Pro Co RAT through either a Vox AC30 or Mesa Boogie amplifier. Some of his effects include an Ibanez CS9 Analog Chorus, a Line 6 FM4 Filter Modeler, and a Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler. Some of his additional effects include a DigiTech XP100 Whammy/Wah, a Boss EQ Pedal, a Boss Loop Station, and a Boomerang phrase sampler pedal. John Scofield uses Dunlop Delrin 2 mm picks.AMAZON´s Editorial Reviews:
•−• John Scofield updates his early−90s quartet with drummer Bill Stewart and saxophonist Joe Lovano by recruiting bassist Larry Grenadier for his fetching, appropriately titled impulse! debut, Past Present.
•−• Between 1990 and 1992, the celebrated guitarist released three well−received discs Meant to Be, Time on My Hands and What We Do for the Blue Note label as the John Scofield Quartet. On those records, either Marc Johnson or Dennis Irwin played bass. Nevertheless, Grenadier also has history playing with Scofielld; he toured with Scofield in support of the 1996 disc, Quiet.
•−• The nine exciting tunes Scofield penned on Past Present also reflects his philosophy on playing jazz music. He stresses the importance of being knowledgeable of the musics deep, complex roots while simultaneously being spontaneous and in the moment while performing it. For an artist with such a multifaceted discography as Scofields, getting to the root of jazz means channeling the blues, as demonstrated on the discs closing, titled−track.
•−• Johns love for R&B and blues tends to inform all of his discs regarding of idiomatic styling. After all, his first guitar hero was the legendary B.B. King, who strummed very vocal−like single−note melodies. Singable melodies and infectious rhythms shine on the soul−jazz opener, Slinky, on which the guitar tickles an instantly catchy riff before Stewart underscores it with a supple 5/4 groove that suggests New Orleans second−line rhythm. Grenadier propels the momentum with a loping blues bass line while Scofield and Lovano trade soulful licks and tasty solos.
•−• Past Present also highlights Scofields love for country music on the whimsical Chap Dance, which evokes both the wide−eyed Americana compositions of Aaron Copeland and the hoedown sophistication of Ornette Colemans harmolodics. Scofield says that the songs exuberant opening melody and spry rhythmic pulse remind him of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammersteins 1943 Broadway musical, Oklahoma!, particularly the scenes with the cowboys dancing in chaps and vests.
•−• As Scofield continues to solidify his reputation as one of modern jazzs most dynamic guitarists, history will reveal Past Present as an integral chapter in his expansive discography one that reflects him being more reverential than referential to his personal and professional past while remaining fresh and ever−present.
John Fordham, Thursday 24 September 2015 18.00 BST; Score: ****
•−• With his debut for the historic Impulse! label, John Scofield — a jazz guitarist long inclined to balance the music’s earthy qualities with its melodically knotty ones — has reconvened the early 90s lineup he led with saxophonist Joe Lovano and drummer Bill Stewart, and added bassist Larry Grenadier. Scofield recently lost a son to cancer, and the experience focused his sense of how vividly the past survives in the present — hence the title, and a predilection for the blues, country music and soul–jazz he loved in his own youth. The smoky soul theme, BB King−like figures and rugged chord vamp of Slinky are classic Scofield; Lovano is imperiously wayward on the hoedown Chap Dance; Stewart and Grenadier counter Museum’s traddy bounce with postbop’s circumlocutions; and Get Proud has a soulfully Ray Charlesian drive. Scofield sounds warmer and more comfortable in his skin than he has for some years, but this set’s mellowness is constantly being creatively hounded by a quartet of superb improvisers.
AllMusic Review by Matt Collar; Score: ****
•−• During the '90s, ever−changing guitarist John Scofield paired with saxophonist and fellow Berklee alum Joe Lovano, drummer Bill Stewart, and bassists Charlie Haden, Marc Johnson, and Dennis Irwin, respectively, for three highly praised albums, Time on My Hands (1990), Meant to Be (1990), and What We Do (1992). Those albums found the oft−electrified Scofield, who played with Miles Davis in the '80s, investigating songs of a more acoustic, often straight-ahead, pre−fusion jazz style. •−• After an over 20−year break, Scofield reunited with Lovano and Stewart for 2015's Past Present. Also joining the group this time is longtime Scofield associate bassist Larry Grenadier, who replaces the late Irwin. As with the quartet's previous work, Past Present is a largely acoustic jazz album, with Scofield playing on an amped, semi−hollow−body guitar. Scofield also supplies all of the compositions on Past Present, some of which, poignantly, were inspired by his son Evan Scofield, who died from cancer at age 26 in 2013. While the music on Past Present harks back to jazz's pre−rock−influenced golden age, there's nothing retro, staid, or unadventurous about the group's performance. This is propulsive, often angular and kinetic music that touches upon low−down blues ("Slinky"), Horace Silver−esque soul−jazz ("Get Proud"), and airy, swinging post−bop ("Museum"). In that sense, it brings to mind the '70s work of Scofield contemporary Pat Martino. Barring 2003's Oh! by the supergroup ScoLoHoFo, Past Present is one of the few times Lovano has recorded with Scofield in recent years and it's invigorating to hear them together; Lovano's warm saxophone dances against the crunchy decay of Scofield's guitar. It's that burlap−on−velvet combination that gives cuts like the languid "Hangover" and the moody "Season Creep" an organic, tactile quality. There's also a gleeful, almost comedic nature to the quartet's interplay, as if the musicians are sharing an inside joke. "Chap Dance," a bright, Western−swing−meets−soul−bop cut, is clearly a somewhat cheeky nod to saxophonist Sonny Rollins' take on "I'm an Old Cowhand." However, the comedic quality sometimes takes on a nuanced, melancholic tone, as on "Mr. Puffy." A reference to Evan Scofield's appearance while undergoing chemotherapy, the song starts out sounding sad, then quickly transitions into a tougher, overtly funky midsection anchored by a guttural, low−end riff from Lovano. Ultimately, the track, as with all of Past Present, is rife with love and in−the−moment energy inspired by Scofield's past experience, but created with a hopeful eye to the future.
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