John Scofield – A Moment’s Peace (2011)

Since the 70s, John “Sco” Scofield always is up to something, he’s shifting from one thing to another, rewinding now, I recall that “This Meets That” released in 2007 was filled up with horny horn section and blasting jazz, the previous “Piety Street” lead us to the gospel flavored edge of jazz and this brand new “A Moment’s Peace” have the smoothness of the quiet, dinner-jazz. Don’t expect this time punchy funk-playing, Sco bring the blues and some shattered bop after-taste with bittersweet harmonies and solitary, intimate solos. Some classics (You Don’t Know What Love Is or I Loves You Porgy), some his own, Sco with pianist Larry Goldings, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade serve us 12 “luxuriates in ballads”. Ivan Hewitt from The Telegraph said “it’s lovely for five minutes, enervating after 20” and perhaps for some that might be true, but others probably will really enjoy it more and more after the first 20 minutes. Taste are not a matter to discuss. As it’s also true, many journalists and critics expect more than a free CD to write a few nice words in a review. Well, there’s no lunch as free lunch after all, isn’t it?
“A Moment’s Peace” bring us a few moments of peace and we all need and deserve them from time to time. Actually it’s pretty meaningless to torture myself day after day through all sort of abstract, many times pointless experiments, self-declared indie stuffs and contorted post-metal grindings, once in a while a break like this “A Moment’s Peace” is quite refreshing and peaceful. Although, I’m not a regular blues consumer.
Scofield has played and collaborated with Miles Davis, Dave Liebman, Joe Henderson, Charles Mingus, Joey Defrancesco, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, Pat Martino, Mavis Staples, Phil Lesh, Billy Cobham, Medeski Martin & Wood, George Duke, Jaco Pastorius, John Mayer, along many others and from bebop Scofield driven through jazz fusion, funk and blues to soul.
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 AC-30 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.

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