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John Scofield announces first ever solo guitar album

John Scofield performs at Blue Note on November 02, 2021 in Milan, Italy
(Image credit: Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty Images)

Jazz electric guitar legend John Scofield has announced a new, self-titled album.

Set for a May 6 release via ECM, the LP is Scofield's first-ever solo guitar album, and will feature re-interpretations of standards from the jazz, rock 'n' roll and country catalogs, and new versions of some Scofield originals.

The jazz numbers on tap include It Could Happen to You, There Will Never Be Another You and My Old Flame, while unique takes on Buddy Holly’s formative rock classic, Not Fade Away, and Hank Williams' You Win Again are also included.

“When I was a kid the guitar was the instrument of rock and roll and popular music, that’s what I was interested in," Scofield – who saw the LP partially as a chance to pay tribute to the music that shaped and influenced him – explained in a statement.

The cover of John Scofield's forthcoming, self-titled album

(Image credit: ECM Records)

The original tunes, meanwhile, include a reworked version of Scofield's Honest I Do, and a new rendering of his heartfelt tune, Mrs. Scofield’s Waltz.

“I think that there’s a delicateness that I have acquired from playing at home alone,” Scofield told the Boston Herald (opens in new tab) last year. “I am so used to playing with a slamming band, which is what I love to do, and there’s a certain muscularity to that. That went away and was replaced, I think, by, hopefully, this more delicate approach of pinpointing the beauty of the strings.”

“When I play solo, I make these little loops on the fly, I don’t do prerecorded loops,” he said in the same interview. “So I am having to respond to some music and it’s almost like I’m playing with another person.”

“I do say almost," he added, laughing.

We don't have a tracklist or pre-order link for John Scofield yet, but keep an eye on the guitarist's website (opens in new tab) for that info when it becomes available.

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.