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Guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Matt Schofield has been frequently lauded as the British blues guitarist of current times. His debut album for Provogue, Schofield finds himself as representative for the long tradition of British Blues on the ultimate blues guitar label, and gaining a home amongst his peers - the world's greatest contemporary blues players.

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  • Audio CD (February 18, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mascot Label Group
  • ASIN: B00H92ATZS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison on February 18, 2014
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The opening track of British guitarist Matt Schofield's 'From far away' is a pointer for the rest of this CD, with its modern, muscular funky backing and Matt's sinuous lead guitar on top (with its echoes of B.B. and Albert King) and then his confident vocals. Sure enough Matt covers Albert King's 'Breaking up somebody's home' but this isn't a slavish copy, with Matt definitely making the song his own - adding a jazzy twist but keeping the funky undertone. There is also a version of the old Neville Brothers song 'Yellow Moon' and again he keeps the spirit of the original but moves it on making it a guitar led latin-influenced funky rhumba - fabulous.

Since the 60s its been a conundrum for blues-based bands how to progress but keep the spirit of the blues, this record is an object lesson on how to achieve that difficult trick with Matt moving into jazzy Robben Ford territory with many tracks, such as the instrumental 'Oakville Shuffle' and the swinging 'Clean break'. However, there is also room for a basic (but beautifully-played) slow blues like 'The day you left' and a rolling 12-bar boogie like 'Tell me some lies'. Matt's guitar playing has definitely progressed adding the jazzy licks to his already mastered blues single string lead playing and keeping both the feeling and rhythmic drive. The final track 'Red Dragon' seems to incorporate all these elements in a Hendrix-influenced atmospheric blues which at 9.43 minutes really gives Matt a chance to stretch out with his solo. However, this isn't just Matt Schofield - the band add massively to this record's success, with Jonny Henderson's organ really prominent throughout and the rhythm section of drummer Jordan John and bass player Carl Stanbridge backing them up perfectly and enhancing every solo.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A B on February 20, 2014
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Simply Matt's best overall release- not a weak cut in sight. The guy just has a very understated way of incorporating a supremely swinging and biting attack throughout each track; always keeps you interested and doesn't travel the same road twice. A uniquely engaging and elegant player-

Add in a number of strong grooves and terrific songwriting, and you've got a guitar hero and superb singer who never showboats for the sake of it. Whether diggin in or laying back, this cat needs to be heard- very deserving of wide appreciation and recognition.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dirk Hammer on February 22, 2014
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Diggin the Schofield take on contemporary blues, high energy when it needs to be, laid back when that fits the song. This guy plays with the maturity of a 70 year old but the energy of his 35 years. Great combination!! Oh, and the band is killer also: B3, horns, drums, all great. Oh and the kid can sing too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Derek H on February 18, 2014
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Received Matt's new Album on vinyl today and can't stop listening. It's beautifully recorded and in an excellent package. It's on 2 LP's so minimal recording on each side, makes the quality even better. Great music from a great band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Ryan on March 15, 2014
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I enjoyed "Heads, Tails & Aces" as my first foray into Matt Schofield's music. I really enjoyed his guitar playing and smooth voice. The new material is even better - may be one of the best blues CDs produced in the last year or so. If you don't have any Matt Schofield CDs in your collection or if you have never heard his music, you should seriously consider getting his new CD. There is a good variety of music styles and all of the songs are good listening material. Matt's guitar is in fine form, as well as his voice - plays like Robben Ford and sings better!
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I discovered Matt Schofield's music a few months ago when I borrowed a copy of his Heads, Tails and Aces CD from my local public library. I liked that CD enough that I bought my own copy and have started exploring Matt Schofield's other releases.

This is my second Matt Schofield CD. Schofield is firmly in the front rank of contemporary blues guitar players and this CD is a very good example of his work. First rate playing from Schofield and his three piece band (bass, drums and keyboards); this is 11 tracks of new music clocking in at just over 61 minutes playing time. The CD is well recorded and sounds good.

If you're already familiar with Matt Schofield this album is similar high quality to his previous work. If you're not familiar with Schofield, this album or Heads, Tails and Aces would be a good introduction to his music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Meyer on April 19, 2014
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this guy should be getting the press and coverage Gary Clark is getting. Nothing against Mr. Clark-and a totally different approach to Electric Blues, but Matt Schofield is a phenomenally talented guitarist .Nothing earthshaking here or new ,just tastefully played modern electric blues ,great solos and great songs. Robben Ford would be the closest example I can think of ,but Matt has more of an edge to his music. Very well done
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bluesman on March 8, 2014
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Matt is one of the smoothest guitar player blending blues and jazz riffs. For any Robben Ford fans that have not heard of Matt this as close to you are going to find a person who can equal Robben's guitar work. Pick this up and sit back to some great guitar.
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