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John Scofield's "Let The Cat Out"

Sungwon Kim, Peter Bernstein, Jeff Lopez, Rich Shemaria, Brad Shepik, Adam Rogers, Ken Ychicawa, and John Scofield

John Scofield’s recording of "Let The Cat Out" arranged by Rich Shemaria (Steinhardt Jazz Composer-In-Residence), featuring Steinhardt Jazz Studies Guitar Faculty John Scofield, Peter Bernstein, Adam Rogers, and Brad Shepik, and current master’s student Sungwon Kim, along with bassist Jeff Lopez and current master’s student Ken Ychicawa. "Let The Cat Out" was recorded December 14, 2016, at the James L. Dolan Recording Studio.

Guitar solo order: Peter Bernstein, Adam Rogers, Brad Shepik, John Scofield (two choruses each)

About John Scofield

John Scofield, an internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist and faculty at NYU Steinhardt’s jazz studies program, was named the winner of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Jazz Album for his album Past Present. The Grammy Award is Scofield’s first; he was also nominated this year for Best Jazz Solo Performance.

In Past Present, from record label Impulse!, Scofield reunites with his acclaimed jazz quartet from the 1990s, including saxophonist and fellow Steinhardt jazz faculty member Joe Lovano. The nine-song album of original compositions by Scofield – performed by “a quartet of superb improvisers,” according to The Guardian – blends jazz with rock, pop, blues, and country influences.

Scofield is known for his distinctive guitar sound and stylistic diversity, and has collaborated and played with musical greats Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Charles Mingus, Pat Metheny, Mavis Staples, and Phil Lesh. He has been a member of the NYU Steinhardt Jazz Studies faculty since 2005.

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