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One of the "big three" of current jazz} guitarists (along with Pat Metheny} and Bill Frisell}), Scofield}'s influence grew in the '90s. Possessor of a very distinctive rock}-oriented sound that is often a bit distorted, Scofield} is a masterful jazz} improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop}, fusion}, and soul jazz}. He started on guitar while at high school in Connecticut, and from 1970-1973 Scofield} studied at Berklee and played in the Boston area. After recording with Gerry Mulligan} and Chet Baker} at Carnegie Hall}, Scofield} was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band} for two years. In 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus}, and later joined the Gary Burton} quartet and Dave Liebman}'s quintet. His own early sessions as a leader were funk}-oriented. During 1982-1985 Scofield} toured the world and recorded with Miles Davis}. Since that time he has led his own groups, played with Bass Desires}, and recorded frequently as a leader for Gramavision} and Blue Note}, using such major players as Charlie Haden}, Jack DeJohnette}, Joe Lovano}, and Eddie Harris}.

Scofield} started a long-term relationship with the Verve label in 1996 with his acoustic album Quiet}. He cut the funky A Go Go} with Medeski, Martin & Wood} in 1997 while 2000's Bump} featured members of Sex Mob}, Soul Coughing}, and Deep Banana Blackout}. 2001's Works for Me} featured a more traditional jazz sound but for 2002's Uberjam} and 2003's Up All Night} he was back to playing fusion. Drummer Bill Stewart} and bassist Steve Swallow} rounded out the John Scofield Trio} for 2004's cerebral and complex live album EnRoute}. In 2005, Scofield} paid tribute to legendary soul man Ray Charles} with That's What I Say}. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

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