John Scofield – Country For Old Men (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

John Scofield – Country For Old Men (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:02:37 minutes | 1,37 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital booklet | © Impulse Select

John Scofield goes country! With the help of drummer Bill Stewart, organist & pianist Larry Goldings, and bassist Steve Swallow, Scofield renders 12 classic country tunes through the prism of vigorous modern jazz. Country icons including Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton and George Jones are hereby reinterpreted by Scofield by focusing strongly on the melody of each song, accentuating his playing with a noticeable twang, which lends the music the requisite bucolic sensibility.

Following last year’s Grammy-winning Past Present, the improvisationally wily but sociably funky jazz guitarist John Scofield now presents a tribute to the country songs of American icons including Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, with pianist/organist Larry Goldings, bassist Steve Swallow, and drummer Bill Stewart pitching in. Williams’ I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry quickly becomes a fast bebop bass-walk, but Scofield always keeps his long, zig-zagging solo within earshot of the tune. Parton’s Jolene begins as a dark and dramatic theme statement, and takes on the elemental rhythmic insistence of the classic John Coltrane quartet, while a fine account of Shania Twain’s You’re Still the One exhibits a tenderness caressed by Scofield’s signature tonal creativity. Occasionally there’s a disconnect between the convivial lilt of some of these tunes and the jazz grooves, but Scofield at full jazz-improv pelt is always something to behold.

01 – Mr Fool
02 – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
03 – Bartender’s Blues
04 – Wildwood Flower
05 – Wayfaring Stranger
06 – Mama Tried
07 – Jolene
08 – Faded Love
09 – Just A Girl I Used To Know
10 – Red River Valley
11 – You’re Still The One
12 – I’m An Old Cowhand

John Scofield – guitar, ukulele on “12”
Larry Goldings – piano, Hammond organ
Steve Swallow – bass
Bill Stewart – drums


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