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John Scofield brings fresh sounds to Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival / Harvard Crimson

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Some might say that jazz and country music belong on different continents. Yet at the opening night of his alma mater's annual Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, John Scofield demonstrated that each genre is merely an island in a musician's pond and that bridges can be built to connect them. From the abstract unaccompanied guitar to the organ chords over syncopated drumming and the jazzier solos, the inherent nuance of the 10-song set list kept the spectators lively and won Scofield a standing ovation.

Scofield released his new album, "Country for Old Men," on the day of the concert to high expectations: His previous record, "Past Present," won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and was nominated for another award. Nevertheless, there was no evident pressure in the room as Scofield and his bandmates-drummer Bill Stewart, bassist Steve Swallow, and pianist and organist Larry Goldings-masterfully captured the calming spirit of country balladry and the vivid energy of western rock and roll.

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