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For his most recent album, Past Present, master fusion player John Scofield decided to revisit one of his earlier line-ups by inviting tenor sax player Joe Lovano and drummer Bill Stewart into the studio. Along with fellow fusioneer John McLaughlin, Scofield's playing is regarded by many as a vital step in the evolution of post bebop jazz The quartet was completed with Sco's mid-90s touring partner Larry Grenadier on double bass and the result is, as you might imagine, another sublime example of highly polished playing through nine original compositions. Along with fellow fusioneer John McLaughlin, Scofield's playing is regarded by many as a vital step in the evolution of post bebop jazz. As such, he is the perfect sounding board to reflect on the genre's current status. Is the culture of jazz still alive and kicking? Or was Zappa right when he noted that, "Jazz isn't dead, it just smells funny…"?

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