Matt Schofield Trio
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"Schofield is a master of tone... The Trio, Live is greasy and grand.” - Blues Review USA
Few contemporary blues guitarists are worthy of being considered a gigging protégé of Albert Collins; And while Matt Schofield isn’t a protégé as such his use of tone colour, sustain, and elongated notes are without doubt influenced by the late Master of the Telecaster.
Guitarist magazine propelled him into the top 10 “Future of The Blues” Guitarist poll, and Matt ‘s recent packed Jazz café show, suggests guitar fans are starting to take note.
Since releasing his debut CD “The Trio Live” in 2004, Matt Schofield is developing a fast growing following of admirers stretching from the USA to the Far East. Guitarist Matt has worked with Lee Sankey, Dana Gillespie and The Lester Butler Tribute Band, and Mick Jagger at the Mustique Blues Fest, who has asked Matt to record with him He is being talked of by those in the know as “the finest Blues-inspired guitarist to have emerged in Britain for several generations.”
Matt's debut CD – “The Trio, Live” with organist Jonny Henderson and drummer Evan Jenkins – is a melting pot of energetic swinging blues and powerful funk that draws inspiration from the classic American jazz organ trios of the fifties and sixties, and mixes this with guitar-led blues (a nod in the direction of benchmark players and influences such as BB King, Albert Collins and Robben Ford) and funky instrumental workouts. The result is a distinctive and highly charged sound, described by one music critic as “astonishingly mature for such a young group of musicians”.
Paul Jones on hearing the Matt Schofield Trio recording a live session for his BBC Radio 2 blues show said “I could be somewhere in America listening to an internationally known group, and I think they possibly will be”.