John Scofield

July 14, 2009 Miles Davis Auditorium Montreux, Switzerland photos by Montreux Jazz Festival text by Jeff Dorgay
John Scofield at Montreux

John Scofield took the stage in Montreaux last night with a very different band than the one he was touring with just a few months ago when he came through town for the Portland Jazz Festival.

Touring to support his recent release, Piety Street, which has much more of a gospel feel, the band consisted of Jon Cleary (vocals, piano, Hammond B3 organ); Donald Ramsey (bass); Ricky Fataar (drums) and Scofield on guitar..

The band played most of the tunes from the album, and the evening had a very laid back feel, in contrast to Scofields usually more free form guitar escapades, with him adding some occasional background vocal tracks.  However, the set was not without a few great Scofield guitar solos, which kept the audience very entertained.

The Miles Davis hall had a perfect ambience for this music and the live mix was excellent.  If you love jazz, Montreux should be on your calendar for next year!