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John Scofield - Country For Old Men makes 'Observer 20 best jazz albums of 2016'

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Country and jazz don't blend themselves together all that much these days. But in those rare instances where these two worlds collide, the results can bring about some serious magic. For Sco's second album on the revitalized Impulse! imprint, he joins forces with old friends and fellow creative legends Steve Swallow on bass and drummer Bill Stewart to embellish in the guitarist's pure love for such legendary country axes as Buck Owens and Leon McAuliffe of Bob Wills' Texas Playboys across imaginative interpretations of such faves as Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and the recently departed Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried". The trio even transform Shania Twain's mom-jeans standard "You're Still The One" into a serious jam.

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