John Scofield Trio "EnRoute"

John Scofield Trio "EnRoute"

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John Scofield Trio
The Story
Previously recorded outings by Scofield have found him performing in elaborate settings. His works range from the plugged-in, electronically tweaked jamming of his last Verve release, "Up All Night", to the full orchestral setting of the recent "Scorched", a collaboration with British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage issued earlier this year on the venerable classical imprint, Deutsche Grammophon. But for "EnRoute", Scofield wanted to focus on the high-wire interaction of a small, closely knit band in the heat of a live setting. He arrived at the Blue Note armed only with his trusty guitar, amp and whammy pedal, and left his more elaborate electronic gear at home.

"I wanted to make a real jazz-improvising statement in a live situation with two of my favorite musicians," Scofield says. "It's really challenging. You don't rely on arrangements as much as on the way the group plays together. You don't rely on anything other than good playing, and you know there's no lifejacket or safety net involved. That doesn't happen as often in a studio setting: I think the big difference is the audience. There is a symbiotic affinity between the artists and the audience that makes for something special."

The Music
08:25 Wee Instrumental
07:25 Toogs Instrumental
06:31 Name That Tune Instrumental
09:51 Hammock Soliloquy Instrumental
09:02 Bag Instrumental
06:39 It Is Written Instrumental
06:50 Alfie Instrumental
07:30 Travel John Instrumental
11:16 Over Big Top Instrumental
The Artists
John Scofield Guitar, Production
Steve Swallow Electric Bass
Bill Stewart Drums
Susan Scofield Executive Production
David Baker Engineering, Mixing
Katsuhiko Naito Engineering, Editing, Mastering
Eiji Takasugi Engineering Assistance
Brian Montgomery Mixing Assistance
Hollis King Art Direction
Rika Ichiki Design, Additional Photography
Josef Astor Photography
John Newcott Release Coordination
Kelly Pratt Release Coordination
Recorded at The Blue Note, NYC, December 2003.

Mixed at Avatar Studios, NYC, January 2004.