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Guitarist John Scofield Embraces Ballads on A Moment's Peace New Emarcy album features Larry Goldings, Scott Colley and Brian Blade. On A Moment's Peace, his follow-up to 2009's gospel-drenched Piety Street, Scofield and his all-star crew of pianist/organist Larry Goldings (James Taylor, Norah Jones, Walter Becker), bassist Scott Colley (Jim Hall, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny) and drummer Brian Blade (Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan) luxuriate in ballads associated with such legendary interpreters of song as Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone and John Coltrane. Included in the collection, Scofield's third outing on EmArcy, are five new originals by the guitar great, along with soulful interpretations of the lyrical Lennon-McCartney number "I Will" and Carla Bley's serene "Lawns." From sublime renderings of "I Want to Talk About You" and "You Don't Know What Love Is" to "Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You" and "I Loves You Porgy," Scofield fills each of these timeless gems with an uncommonly expressive approach to his instrument while stretching out in the tradition of the great melodic improvisers. And his highly interactive rhythm section, marked by Colley's formidable presence on bass, Goldings' thoughtful orchestrations on both piano and organ and Blade's sensitive, intuitive touch on the kit, helps make all of these tunes come alive in the moment. Scofield has high praise for his valued sidemen on A Moment's Peace. "Some guys are interactive in kind of a bulldozer way," he says. "But Scott, Larry and Brian are all able to be supportive of the music while making their personal contributions. There's a kind of a magic in that." While this session marks the first time that Scofield and Blade have played together on a recording, it's a reunion of sorts for the other two band members. Bassist Colley played in the guitarist's touring group during the early 1990s and keyboardist Goldings has had an ongoing musical relationship with Scofield over the years, having appeared on three of his previous recordings - 1993's Hand Jive , 1995's Groove Elation and 2005's That's What I Say- and also being a key member of Trio Beyond, with drummer Jack DeJohnette (documented on 2006's live Saudades).

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"It's an album of slow, gentle music," says the perennial poll-winning guitarist. "But at the same time, we didn't want it to be easy listening. We tried to really play on all the tunes. For me, no matter what kind of music, it's really important that it be fresh and that we're really playing something. The creativity, when accompanying or soloing, has to be there." Regarding the relaxed accord that his empathetic crew strikes on A Moment's Peace, Scofield says, "These guys can play beautifully and unhurried and really capture the mood of a song. To be relaxed but have it be fresh and energetic...that's the trick."
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  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EmArcy
  • ASIN: B004PKOKSO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,337 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a collection of "slow Sco", but make no mistake - the band plays with an intensity most cannot match. All I can say is, what a band! Really one of the best ballad records I've heard in a long, long time. Sco's take on Abbey Lincoln's "Throw it Away" is one of the most beautiful guitar recordings I've ever heard. Sco makes the guitar literally sing. Brian Blade shows that a drummer on a ballads recording can bring it without ever overplaying. Goldings is great as always, on piano and organ. Colley glues it together on bass. Mostly what impresses is that these guys sound like a working band, even though they're not. They should be!

More of this band Sco! Please!
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I'm a 50-something who has been a Sco fan since the early 80's. I think this is the best album he's ever released. His phrasing is tasteful and toneful over some beautiful arrangements. His tone is woody and warm, and the album has an intimacy and a gentle vibe that reminds me of Bill Evans. Scofield has nothing to prove -- he's an American jazz master -- and his easy approach to these songs demonstrates a confidence that can only come from experience. This is Sco at his highest and best ... you won't be disappointed.
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This is the album I had been waiting for Scofield to release. Quiet, but still challenging harmonically and all jazz. Having Larry Goldings on the session is great. A wonderful release, highly recommended.
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This is John Scofield at his best : lyrical, harmonically out-yet in , & bending chords / notes as only 'Sco' can do ! This album is so full of beauty, and soul - it is the kind of listen that makes you gasp with awe .
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Long a John Scofield fan, this recent work beautifully illustrates this fine artists evolution. It is thoughtful, introspective and a joy to listen to no matter your mood. From gray overcast days to spirited drives on back country roads, this work never disappoints. Brilliant gathering of musicians too with Larry Goldsmith on piano and organ, Scott Colley on bass and the ever amazing, innovative and always tasteful in the moment Brian Blade on drums. I'm from the Beatles generation, heavily oriented towards guitar; with that it rarely gets any better than John Scofield.
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Splendid performances by all. Sco does more to interpret a ballad expressively than any guitarist alive, and his tune selection here is awesome. An extra plus: My wife doesn't mind this album, because it's inside playing and quiet. Colley is wonderful on bass, too, and the keyboard solos are just beautiful and tasteful.
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I'm a HUGE John Scofield fan . Stuff as a leader stem to stern . Huge portions of John's play as a supporting player from Nils Lan Doky to Marc Johnson to Mose Allison to Ray Anderson and everything in between .
Ya know , even exceptional artists do so so recordings .
Looked brilliant on paper ;
Jazz super group (check)
Ballad project (check)
Some standards (check)
The wisdom to include Abbey Lincoln's Throw It Away (check) and a high point .
So what gives ? For me , John seldom let's these cat's out of their bags . When he does , these guys simply don't sound inspired by the material or it's subdued and mannered quality . It's not a a great set of tunes either .
I've heard way too much John that I have a preference for and truly feel that he simply dominates a largely unmemorable recording . Wish Sco had brought a couple of different guitars to this show too . Perhaps some acoustic on a few ballads would have ameliorated this problem ? Get Best Of The Ballads if you want to be wowed . It's amazing .
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I have 5 Scofield albums and like this the best. Most of the tunes have a bedrock swinging rhythm. I love to practice walking bass with this kind of music. And really this is the only album I have of "this kind of music ". Because even though it is swing tempo, John just quadruples it with his improvisations sometime. It is masterfully done on the part of all the players. Classical updated swing, Mood Indigo! Serious concert hall stuff.
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