John Scofield or “Sco” as he is also known really needs no introduction. He’s one of the most recognizable voices in modern jazz guitar, and he’s played with everyone from Chet Baker, George Duke, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock and the list goes on and on…..His solo records (of which there are many) showcase his diversity and willingness to take chances with different groups all while continuing to push new boundaries in jazz guitar.
I had first met John in Europe backstage a few years back, but we didn’t really get to be friends until I moved to NY last year and we found out we were neighbors. I can honestly say John is one of the greats so when I told him about this interview and he was really into doing it I was really excited. So thanks John. We get together and play every so often and he even gave me a Ibanez Scofield model as a birthday gift last year.….anyway, enough talking…..let’s get into this interview. I ask him some things that I always wished other guitarists would have asked in interviews like “what are you thinking about when you play?” or "where did that crazy over the neck thing you do come from"? We also talk about Jaco Pastorius, Miles Davis, his use of the "Rat" distortion pedal, what he thinks about while phrasing and soloing over “Protocol”, and much more- (and oh yeah- we jam a little too..) This interview took place in Jan 2016 at my home in NY. (Special thanks to Jack Miele at Music Shed Studios for massive help on editing on this one and Ali and Brad at True Fire for creative opinions)