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Guitarist John Scofield has appeared in three previous editions of this festival. The first time was in the company of the Medeski, Martin & Wood Trio; then he shared the stage with tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, and finally, his third appearance was at the head of a band whose name somewhat paradoxically belied the “youth” of its members, Country for Old Men. Every time he has played here – and this time will be no different – Scofield has been the paradigm of the jazz revolution.
Born in Ohio, this confessed admirer of Jimi Hendrix emerged in 1974, when he was still a student, in the midst of a somewhat thrown-together band led by Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker. His vibrant guitar went on to adorn the turbulent music of the last stellar bands of trumpeter Miles Davis, and he is currently going through one of the most stable and solid phases of his life.
On this occasion he will be accompanied by pianist Jon Cleary, an adopted son of Crescent City, where he has been working intensely for thirty-five years. In 2009, he and John Scofield met during the recording of that explosive album “Piety Street”, and the key now is for the two of them to bring to the stage music that is as fleshy and feisty as it is spiritual, freed from instrumental clichés.
Components John Scofield: guitar Jon Cleary: piano and vocals