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Back to business: John Scofield brings together a pair longtime colleagues for a new collection reminding us that his range and flexibility are among the greatest of any guitarist. With drummer Bill Stewart and bassist Steve Swallow (Swallow, left, and Scofield pictured) the repertoire of Scofield’s new all-star trio draws on several admired Swallow compositions. They include some of his best-known pieces, among them “Hullo Bolinas,” which long ago became a jazz standard. It is good to hear Swallow’s classic in this new configuration.
If you’re wondering about Bolinas, it’s a small place on the northern California coast not far from Mill Valley, one of my favorite former hometowns.
Rifftides will be back. Soon, we hope.