Issued Tuesday 19 August, 2008
Sydney Opera House presents another in a series of jazz greats
John Scofield & Joe Lovano Quartet
John Scofield is “... arguably the most influential jazz guitarist” International Herald Tribune.
“Lovano evokes the best tenor saxophonists of their time ...-Lester Young, Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane - without sacrificing his own voice…" Jazzitude.com
Sydney Opera House is proud to present two of the most dynamic players in contemporary jazz. Multi-award winning saxophonist Joe Lovano and master guitarist John Scofield share top billing with their quartet for one night only.
John Scofield is a true legend of jazz guitar. His career spans decades of collaboration with a roll call of jazz royalty including Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock, Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny. Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music melds post-bop, funk-edged jazz, and R&B. He has an individual thumb sound – full of slides, slurs and unorthodox fingering. His playing displays technical mastery subsumed by a creative intellect.
"Scofield is a mesmerising soloist, combining grit and warmth in an endless parade of ideas and invention." The Age.
Grammy Award winner and perennial poll winner, Joe Lovano is one of today’s most formidable and stylistically eclectic tenor saxophonists. He continually challenges and pushes conceptual and thematic choices in his quest for new modes of artistic expression and new definitions of the jazz idiom. Clive Davis in the London Times wrote: "... burly and swaggering, the saxophonist is just about in his prime at the moment, swatting ideas around as restlessly as a young boy testing out a new bat and ball.”
Together these close friends revisit the musical territory of their highly acclaimed 90s band. Their concert will feature new compositions plus favourites from the classic Blue Note recordings What We Do, Meant to Be and from their powerful collaboration with Dave Holland and Al Foster ScoLoHoFo.
This unmissable quartet is completed handsomely by Matt Penman (bass) and Matt Wilson (drums).
PERFORMANCE DETAILS: JOHN SCOFIELD & JOE LOVANO QUARTET
Date: Tuesday 28 October 2008
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777