Master musician, composer, road dog
Over the course of his long and successful musical career, John Scofield crossed paths with people like Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson and Chet Baker. With his unique style and sound he became one of today’s most influential master guitarists and composers of jazz and fusion music.
His œuvre includes jazz, funk, rock and blues music. Reflecting on his long career he calls himself a road dog, which is a jazz term for musicians with a long touring history.
During his long and illustrious career there were so many outstanding albums and remarkable events and, not last to mention, so many great musicians Scofield had the chance to play with, that it’s impossible to put it all into one single narrative.
That’s why the film touches the most important milestones of his musical journey while focussing on the moment of now, to tell the story of what it takes to become a master musician.
INSIDE SCOFIELD is the in-depth-portrayal of the life of the acclaimed touring musician, composer and human being. Narrated completely by himself, John Scofield takes the viewer on an inspiring trip into the mind and soul of one of today’s finest in modern jazz.
Entirely shaped and inspired by Scofield’s work, the film is simultaneously a celebration of his creative impact as of true friendship, free communication and courage towards human imperfection, which seems to play a less dominant role in the popular fields of music but is an essential element in jazz.
“The sound that you get with your fingers.”
The film provides a wealth of rare insights, including exclusive backstage, soundcheck and personal footage, and meanders skilfully between biographical anecdotes and ongoing events. With John Scofield as humble, self- reflecting narrator of his own story, a remarkably versatile career, it becomes an ambitious trip into the mind and soul of a true master musician.
An ambitious trip into the mind and soul of a master musician.
From the fast-paced life on the road, to the seclusive life at home in Katonah, to those memorable times in The Village, his old neighbourhood on the west side of lower Manhattan, where Jazz moved on to another level and where he kicked off his career. There could be no better tour guide than John himself to show you around.
Much but not everything has changed since he was around.
The film also accompanies Scofield to the NYU Steinhardt Studios, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, a well-equipped guitar shop in Seattle and a typical Manhatten café, where he meets his old friend Joe Lovano to have a chat about the good old days. It all comes full circle when John returns back home after a long, extensive tour.
Along the way Scofield provides answers to the important questions of music: What is improvization? What has changed over the last 40 years of constant touring around the globe as a Road Dog, how has this change affected the music and how can one sustain its quality?
Inside Scofield is a film about the devotion to maintain a career in music, while appreciating the rare opportunity of being around great icons of the golden generation of jazz, as well as being a human playing together with other humans.
The future might also be a golden one: Against all odds and difficulties, music will be there to stay.