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John Scofield's Combo 66 is a masterpiece of subtlety / Jazz da Gama

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John Scofield is every bit the force of nature he was in his earliest days when he set the guitar alight with then-Young Turks such as Larry Coryell and Philip Catherine on Charles Mingus' Three or Four Shades of Blues in 1977 or around the time he released his earliest (eponymously titled) work, which was preceded by the John Scofield Live album on the German Enja label. 

Combo 66, helps not only mark – he tells us – his sixty-sixth year but also conjure the lyrical romance of "66" that became part of counterculture with (among other things) the iconic "Route 66", the "Main Street of America" or the "Mother Road", which is again evocative of music just as much as it is about a famous highway. But to describe the music as a neo-Romantic event as such gives the impression of post-70's overcooking when in actual fact the whole project is a masterpiece of subtlety. Mr Scofield's take on the lineage of The Cool sees him summoning translucent woodwind-like tones that float from the taut strings which simply bend to his will as the black dots jump to life and off the proverbial page.

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