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John Scofield - Country For Old Men / LondonJazz News review

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The clue is in the title: Country For Old Men is John Scofield's take on country music. He may have tackled pieces of the genre before, but this is his first album dedicated to country. Whilst he may be paying homage to some of his influences, he is by no means in thrall to them. Some of the tunes he takes pretty straight - such as the opener, George Jones' Mr Fool - others are country through a jazz prism, and the jazz wins through. 

The result can be slightly disconcerting, though not unpleasantly. With Steve Swallow on bass, Larry Goldings (organ and piano) and his regular drummer Bill Stewart, Sco makes the tunes his own. So whilst the opening chorus of Dolly Parton's Jolene might make one hesitate, the quartet settle down into an upbeat waltz, Goldings taking a fine piano solo which grows and grows before its resolution.   READ THE FULL LondonJazz REVIEW