Congratulations to John Scofield – 2017 Grammy winner for Best Jazz Instrumental Album AND Best Improvised Jazz Solo!
A master improviser and 2015 GRAMMY winner for Best Instrumental Jazz Album, John Scofield cut his teeth with Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Charles Mingus and Gary Burton before his work with Miles Davis catapulted him into the limelight in the 1980s. Since then, he’s led over 30 sessions and become universally known as one of the greatest figures in jazz guitar history. With his latest project, Country For Old Men, Scofield re-imagines the music of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, and other country greats with a top tier band of longtime compatriots including organist Larry Goldings, bassist Vicente Archer, and drummer Bill Stewart. In describing this new area of exploration documented on the quartet’s new Impulse! release, Scofield says, “We’re going to turn ‘outlaw’ country tunes into Jazz vehicles. Rather than go to Nashville and record with ‘real’ country players in a country style, I’m joining forces with my jazz cronies to play the songs with our jazz approach. We improvise while keeping the integrity, character and twang of this wonderful American music. I’ve always loved country music and am super excited to put my treatment of them into play.”