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Album Review

Ironically, Quiet finds guitarist John Scofield using a much larger group of musicians than usual. The basic band has Scofield (who sticks to acoustic guitar), Wayne Shorter on tenor, bassist Steve Swallow, and either Bill Stewart or Duduka Da Fonseca on drums. They are joined by trumpeter Randy Brecker, two French horns, two woodwinds, Roger Rosenberg on bass clarinet, and Howard Johnson on tuba and baritone. Since Scofield is mostly in the lead, the music — eight originals by the leader and a song by producer Swallow — is indeed mostly at a lower volume, although there is plenty of heat, too. However, since the guitarist is less distinctive than usual due to his playing acoustically, this set is not quite as significant as his other Blue Note releases.

Customer Reviews

A little airy for Scofield, but a strong album

Typical John Scofield usually deals in the realm of hard-driving, techinically impressive guitar playing with a funky bass/drum beat. At least, that's what I think of when I think of John Scofield. Either that or hard-driving, technically impressive jazz guitar with a combo. But that's neither here nor there, as Scofield takes it down a notch in the "hard-driving" department for this album. Turning to the acoustic guitar for its entirety, "Quiet" contains nine light, chordally complex and entirely un-Scofield tunes. What makes it even more un-Scofield is the showing made by the orchestra, which contains the likes of Wayne Shorter and Randy Brecker. None of this is a bad thing, however. It is, in fact, very, very good. The orchestra lends strong support with just the right touch of background to Scofield's guitar melodies and solos, which are, as always, technically impressive. By combining the soothing quality of the orchestra with his acoustic sounds, Scofield mangages to produce a more beautiful side of himself, a side that I wish we'd see more often. Whether its a fast, light-hearted jaunt (like "After the Fact" or "Rolf and the Gang") or a slow ballad (like "Away with Words"), Scofield manages to produce quality songs without his typical defining attributes. A distinct departure from the norm, it is one that does not come back around as often as I'd like it to, which makes it all the more important to own this album.

Blown away

A deeply felt piece of work by Scofield & co. I don't know much of his passed endeavors, but this style of jazz appeals more to the introspective ear and I ,for one, have relished this listening experience.

One of the Best.

I got to say this is one of his best.

Biography

Born: December 26, 1951 in Dayton, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the "big three" of late 20th and early 21st century jazz guitarists (along with Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell), John Scofield's influence grew in the '90s and continued into the 21st century. Possessor of a very distinctive rock-oriented sound that is often a bit distorted, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, fusion, and soul-jazz. He started on guitar while at high school in Connecticut, and from 1970-1973 Scofield studied at Berklee...
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