Ear to the Ground
Categories : Matt Schofield
Released: June 26, 2007
“The UK has produced the best blues guitarist from any country in decades. Schofield’s fourth and best CD is packed with the sort of blues-meets-funky r&b that recalls a golden era when genuine, intuitive rhythm sections roamed the earth and solos came from the heart.”
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
“Schofield elevates himself above easy comparison with legends such as Stevie Ray Vaughan by actually showing a greater musical range than late Texan guitar icon. Indeed the best thing about the album is its sheer variety.”
The Matt Schofield Trio’s fourth CD and undoubtedly the best so far, packed full of their trademark blues-meets-funk-and-jazz. There are also some great songs and catchy melodies.
In the intervening eighteen months since his first studio album, Schofield’s guitar tone and distinctive phrasing have become highly influential, culminating in Guitar & Bass magazine (3/07) listing Schofield in their Top Ten British Bluesmen of All Time, an accolade that places him alongside the likes of Eric Clapton and Peter Green (although some 30+ years their junior!).
Both Schofield’s earlier releases, The Trio Live and Siftin’ Thru Ashes gained a maximum four star rating in the Penguin Book of Blues Recordings – one of only two UK artists to achieve this distinction (and one of relatively few out of the 1,000+ artists worldwide included in the book).
Matt Schofield: Guitar, Vocals
Jonny Henderson: Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer Piano, Clavinet
Evan Jenkins: Drums, Percussion
‘Big Pete’ van der Pluym: Harmonica