The Agosto Trio : John Scofield / Larry Grenadier / Bill Stewart
Sunday, Aug 03, 2008 8:00 PM PDT
Stanford University Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Palo Alto, CA
"Scofield combines the chess-champ braininess of his solos with a taste for standard song forms and expansive bursts of volume...a manna for the straight ahead jazz fan" - The Boston Phoenix
Sparks are guaranteed to fly when John Scofield, Larry Grenadier, and Bill Stewart take the stage as the Agosto Trio. Scofield is one of modern jazz's top-tier guitarists, with an immediately identifiable style full of spiky melodies and unexpected nuances. Early in his career he played with a long list of jazz masters, including Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and Gary Burton. Now, as a bandleader, he is known for undertaking unusual, ambitious projects and for exploring funky territory when he's not playing straight-ahead jazz. Scofield finds kindred spirits in bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Bill Stewart, two musicians with whom he shares a good deal of musical history. Bill Stewart, a frequent collaborator of Scofield's, is one of the few drummers with the versatility to work with both Pat Metheny and Maceo Parker. Larry Grenadier, perhaps best known for his consistently amazing work with pianist Brad Meldau's trio, has the kind of spontaneous creativity that energizes everyone he plays with. The meeting of these three contemporary jazz giants is not to be missed.