Sunday, March 12, 2023

An “old man” playing “somewhere” with “uncle John’s Band”: John Scofield and Yankee Go Home at the Volkshaus Basel, 11 March 2023

Last night at Basel's Volkshaus with Jon Cowherd (piano), Vicente Archer (bass), and Josh Dion (drums), guitarist John Scofield arranged Neil Young's "Old Man" with a brisk tempo. Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's "Somewhere" showcased Scofield's rich tone, while Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter's "Uncle John's Band" featured a lively duet from Cowherd and Scofield, with a refrain of unison octaves by Archer and Scofield. Dion sang on Garcia-Hunter's "Black Muddy River" and on "Turn On Your Lovelight", with its long, loud, rocking duet from Scofield and Dion. In the encore of Young's ballad "Only Love Can Break Your Heart", Archer and Scofield offered especially beautiful solos to conclude the show. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 12 March 2023)

John Scofield, photo by me

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