Tonight Show, NPR Music, NY Times, Downbeat Cover + More Greet New John Scofield Album

Past Present Out Today, Scofield Sitting In With The Roots On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon September 30th  

Listen To Album Standout “Mr. Puffy” Via NPR Music 

September 25, 2015 - GRAMMY-nominated guitarist and bandleader John Scofield’s new album Past Present is out today via Impulse!/Universal Music Classics, and it is already gaining critical praise. The New York Times named it among the fall season’s highlights, and NPR Music has anointed album standout “Mr. Puffy” a “Song We Love.” Scofield will sit in with the Roots September 30th on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and he and Past Present collaborator Joe Lovano will appear on the cover of the November 2015 issue of Downbeat, with more major national press rolling out in the coming weeks.

Past Present is Scofield's first with an update of his early-90's quartet of Lovano, Bill Stewart and Larry Grenadier (who steps in for Marc Johnson and the late Dennis Irwin) since the quartet released the acclaimed album's Meant To BeTime on My Hands and What We Do on Blue Note Records. Scofield will celebrate the album release with a six-night run of shows at the venerable Blue Note club in New York City from October 13-18 (bassist Ben Street will sit in for Grenadier during this run). Reviewing a recent show in Boston, the Boston Globe praised Scofield’s “delicious new album” and “a night of spirited, virtuosic jazz” from the quartet.

Past Present is also one of Scofield’s's most personal albums, with a number of songs written during the illness and death of his son Evan in 2013 following a fast and furious battle with cancer. Buoyed by Grenadier’s ebullient, recurring bass line and Stewart’s delicate swing, Scofield describes Past Present as “futuristic blues,” on which he and Lovano craft unison melodies before the two separate then intertwine invigorating improvisations.  

Scofield’s 40 year professional career has seen him work with an incredibly diverse list of artists – Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Charles Mingus, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton, Joe Henderson, Mavis Staples, John Mayer, Dr. John, Brad Mehldau, Medeski Martin & Wood, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, Taj Mahal, Gov’t Mule, Charlie Haden and more. In 1998, the Montreal International Jazz Festival gave Scofield its prestigious “Miles Davis Award,” and he was also awarded Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. 

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