Monday, September 26, 2011

Guitarists Extraordinaire - Bob Stewart

A bona fide guitar hero and masterful improviser, John Scofield has covered a wide spectrum of musical styles with rare authority over the last four decades. From funk and fusion to swinging standards, rock-fueled jams, lush orchestral collaborations, earthy blues and old-time gospel music, Scofield has imbued each style with his distinctive six-string voice, earning accolades for his triumphs along the way. On "A Moment's Peace", Scofield and his all-star crew of keyboardist Larry Goldings, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade luxuriate in ballads associated with such legendary interpreters as Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone and John Coltrane, plus five new originals by the guitar great.

Meanwhile, Bill Frisell, whom the Wall Street Journal calls "the most innovative and influential guitarist of the last 25 years," focuses his new CD -- "All We Are Saying..." -- on the music of John Lennon. "John's music has been with me, the band, everybody, the world...seems like forever," explains Frisell. "The songs are part of us. In our blood. There was nothing we really needed to do to prepare for this. We've been preparing our whole lives. The songs were there. All we had to do was play them. Everyone involved with this has their own personal, deep, long relationship to John Lennon's music. It connects us all and brings us together. I feel blessed having the chance to play this music with these people."

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