More on what we know so far about the new John Scofield band album.
Quick recap as previously reported the album is called Combo 66 – and features Sco with pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Vicente Archer, and drummer Bill Stewart. “Gerald has a beautiful touch and though he is quite modern, his touch reminds me of Hank Jones or Tommy Flanagan,” says John Scofield doing promo for the album.
One track was inspired by not one but three musical giants: Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon and Miles Davis:
“Years ago, I did a record and a tour with Herbie Hancock, for his album, The New Standard. He had this arrangement of ‘Scarborough Fair’ and I really liked the chords. I used those chords and then wrote a melody which was reminiscent of a lick that Miles used to play. So, between Herbie and Miles and Paul Simon’s ‘Scarborough Fair’, I called this ‘Icons at the Fair’.”
Sco is 66 hence the name of the band which gigged in New York city back in April for club dates. Track list in full: Can’t Dance, Combo Theme, Icons at The Fair, Willa Jean, Uncle Southern, Dang Swing, New Walzo, I’m Sleeping In, King of Belgium, and bonus track for Japan, Ringing Out. ‘King of Belgium’ is dedicated to Toots Thielemans who died just two years ago.
Combo 66 top left to right (photo: Nicholas Suttle) Gerald Clayton, Bill Stewart, John Scofield, and Vicente Archer. The album cover is above. A September release through Universal.