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 Alexanderâ€™s, of the excellent trio, led by young guitar ace, Matt Schofield â€“ 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 â€“ ranging from swinging shuffles to slow blues burners â€“ featuring some of Matt Schofieldâ€™s tunes and some classic covers.
The fact that the band are a trio gives them plenty of scope to stretch out â€“ and, indeed, the two sets only contained some ten songs â€“ highlighted by quite superb playing from all three members â€“ Schofieldâ€™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 â€œAll You Needâ€ â€“ is the first track on both of them; this was followed by the jazz groove of the instrumental â€œUncle Juniorâ€, before one of the nightâ€™s highlights â€“ a blistering take on the legendary Albert Collins slow blues, â€œThe Lights Are On But Nobodyâ€™s Homeâ€ â€“ featuring lashings of fine guitar, with the other boys locked in behind.
Another treat was the Texas funk of â€œBig Legged Womanâ€, a tune popularised by the late, great Freddie King; with the first set brought to a conclusion with another Albert Collins song, the rousing â€œTravelling Southâ€, 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 â€œCissy Strutâ€, with both Jonny Henderson and Evan Jenkins being given their share of the spotlight. A gorgeous â€œSitting On Top Of The Worldâ€ followed, with the new â€œOn My Wayâ€ taking the tempo up again, before a funky reading of the Texas anthem, â€œBlack Cat Boneâ€.
Another funky, jazz, instrumental rounded off a fine evening, while a much-demanded encore saw the trio back on stage for a take on â€œSame Old Bluesâ€ â€“ another blues classic to end the show.
Next up at Warrington is the superb Paul Byrd, on Friday, 18th November â€“ lovers of pure blues â€“ from the likes of BB, Albert and Freddie King â€“ check him out, another great night is promised!
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