Matt Schofield Trio – Review

Posted on: Monday, Oct 24, 2005

From Grahame Rhodes….

Matt Schofield Trio
Warrington Blues Club
at Warrington Town FC

One of the live highlights of last year was a Chester gig, at Alexander’s, of the excellent trio, led by young guitar ace, Matt Schofield – in the company of Jonny Henderson (Hammond organ) and Evan Jenkins (drums).

Therefore it was a pleasure, a full year on, to catch the band again at Warrington Blues Club, where a most healthy turnout were treated to two great sets of jazz-flavoured blues – ranging from swinging shuffles to slow blues burners – featuring some of Matt Schofield’s tunes and some classic covers.

The fact that the band are a trio gives them plenty of scope to stretch out – and, indeed, the two sets only contained some ten songs – highlighted by quite superb playing from all three members – Schofield’s guitar dominates, but his two colleagues are given ample opportunity to impress!

With two new releases out at the moment, a live and a studio offering, the first song, the shuffle of “All You Need” – is the first track on both of them; this was followed by the jazz groove of the instrumental “Uncle Junior”, before one of the night’s highlights – a blistering take on the legendary Albert Collins slow blues, “The Lights Are On But Nobody’s Home” – featuring lashings of fine guitar, with the other boys locked in behind.

Another treat was the Texas funk of “Big Legged Woman”, a tune popularised by the late, great Freddie King; with the first set brought to a conclusion with another Albert Collins song, the rousing “Travelling South”, with Matt Schofield swapping to his Fender Telecaster to unleash some piercing soloing.

The second set kicked off with the New Orleans funk of The Meters “Cissy Strut”, with both Jonny Henderson and Evan Jenkins being given their share of the spotlight. A gorgeous “Sitting On Top Of The World” followed, with the new “On My Way” taking the tempo up again, before a funky reading of the Texas anthem, “Black Cat Bone”.

Another funky, jazz, instrumental rounded off a fine evening, while a much-demanded encore saw the trio back on stage for a take on “Same Old Blues” – another blues classic to end the show.

Next up at Warrington is the superb Paul Byrd, on Friday, 18th November – lovers of pure blues – from the likes of BB, Albert and Freddie King – check him out, another great night is promised!

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