Episode 2 with John Scofield 

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)

7 comments

  • Ian

    Ian

    So good

    So good

  • bobmc

    bobmc boonton nj

    Sco is the king, but Shane, you gotta know he digs you and your playing. Pretty damn cool. +1 playing Cissy Strut wrong. In fact, I am fairly sure I have never played anything right. Ever. Absolutely pleasure listening to you two guys. And welcome to the east coast; we cancelled winter in your honor.

    Sco is the king, but Shane, you gotta know he digs you and your playing. Pretty damn cool.

    +1 playing Cissy Strut wrong. In fact, I am fairly sure I have never played anything right. Ever.

    Absolutely pleasure listening to you two guys.

    And welcome to the east coast; we cancelled winter in your honor.

  • paul grobusky

    paul grobusky rock hill,sc

    Shane...Your musical life has been a great ride and still continues to go up hill. Keep up the GREAT work!

    Shane...Your musical life has been a great ride and still continues to go up hill. Keep up the GREAT work!

  • Jim Ronan

    Jim Ronan

    Enjoyed the episode with Scofield!!! Hey Joe was quite fun to listen to!!! Can't wait to hear who the next guest is going to be.

    Enjoyed the episode with Scofield!!! Hey Joe was quite fun to listen to!!! Can't wait to hear who the next guest is going to be.

  • Dave Onorato

    Dave Onorato Atlanta

    Killer job Shane you asked him a bunch of stuff I always wondered about...keep it up homie!

    Killer job Shane you asked him a bunch of stuff I always wondered about...keep it up homie!

  • Zeringue from Thibodaux

    Zeringue from Thibodaux

    Shane- just found your site and music on the web. Love the new release! And I love this Sco interview. So many things from the past came back listening to you guys talk. His early music, talking about the Meters, that snip of Sco playing Cissy Strut, seeing Sco play with Billy Cobham and George Duke when i was in grad school. Love it! Keep up the great stuff.

    Shane- just found your site and music on the web. Love the new release! And I love this Sco interview. So many things from the past came back listening to you guys talk. His early music, talking about the Meters, that snip of Sco playing Cissy Strut, seeing Sco play with Billy Cobham and George Duke when i was in grad school. Love it! Keep up the great stuff.

  • Mike

    Mike Colorado

    It is great that you lead with Sco because for two players supposedly on opposite ends of the guitar spectrum I hear so much common ground, vocabulary and rhythm in both of your playing styles! Goes to show just how wide an influence John Scofield has and really how much NOLA is in his playing as well. Keep up the good work I love this kind of stuff!!

    It is great that you lead with Sco because for two players supposedly on opposite ends of the guitar spectrum I hear so much common ground, vocabulary and rhythm in both of your playing styles! Goes to show just how wide an influence John Scofield has and really how much NOLA is in his playing as well. Keep up the good work I love this kind of stuff!!

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