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On Combo 66, John Scofield and co. imbue jazz with elements from other genres imaginatively and unpredictably / glide MAGAZINE

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John Scofield is one of today's most versatile guitarists, accumulating accolades and prestigious awards in contemporary jazz, jam band, and popular music. Heck, he's even made an excellent gospel album. For Combo 66, coinciding with his 66th birthday on September 28 he enlists the support of long-time drummer Bill Stewart, bassist Vincente Archer and pianist/organist Gerald Clayton. Together, in typical Scofield fashion, they imbue jazz with elements from other genres imaginatively and unpredictably.

Scofield is on a creative roll, having won two Grammys for 2016's Country for Old Men and last year's stellar effort Hudson with good friends Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, and John Medeski. As you probably know, he often collaborates with Gov' Mule and with Medeski, Martin, and Wood too. He'll unexpectedly appear on albums from Americana artists too, such as his guest appearance on multi-instrumentalist Phil Madeira's Providence. The well-liked and respected Scofield gets and accepts lots of invitations.

These are all Scofield originals. He credits the album title to both his birthday and as he says, "And 66 is the coolest jazz number you can get because if you hit 66 you're doing ok. Remember all the great records from the 60s? Brasil 66. "Route 66." It hit me that it would be poetic to use that title."

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