Welcome back to Up early with Scofield. Some of you may have seen his performance at Kryptonite a few weekends ago, and are wondering how a musical genius like Scofield travels so much, yet still plays so well. Hopefully we figured it out in our conversation, but since a transcribed tape of 40 minutes is a lot longer on paper than I had thought, were looking at a part three coming up soon. When we took a break two weeks ago, Scofield was just commenting on his intense touring schedule and the fact that he has few breaks between touring to relax.
The Rock River Times: Yeah, so with all this business and traffic, do you ever find yourself lacking any intensity in your performance? You know, just for the mere fact that youre exhausted? And if not, how do you prepare yourself?
Scofield: Well, its pretty weird. The music becomes the best part of the day, for me at least. Uhm, when you have this grueling travel schedule and constant gigs, how do you get up and play? But it becomes invariably a celebration, and its so much better than the rest of your day traveling to get from point A to point B I mean, that doesnt help the music or anything, but the music is really just a great release. I love to do it as much as the other musicians. We like to do it more than anything. So I mean, sure, you can be tired, but so many times Ive found that that goes away when you start to play. And Ive also had those days where you feel Well, were going to have a ton of sleep and whatever, but somehow the spark isnt there. But you know, it really hasnt been a problem in that way. You get tired, but the actual playing of music is a really great thing, a fun thing. Its more than its ever been. When I was younger, Id always get more nervous on stage but now I dont get that, and I can really enjoy it.
TRRT: So at this point, your name is considered pretty famous in a way. How do you handle and respond to fame as a performer with a non-top 40 genre?
S: I havent really been affected that much because its not the kind of fame that Eminem has. Like on the street, nobody knows who I am.
S: Well, unless its one of the jam band fans or another guitar player. I think that when youre successful in whatever you do you have to watch out that your ego doesnt get out of hand but you know, (laughter) Im OK.
TRRT: So a little about your new album. Compared to other albums in the past, how would you rate Uberjam?
S: Well, I think thatactually, you know what? We have a new album that just came out.
TRRT: Really? Well, I didnt receive that press release, so Im way out of date.
S: Oh, Im sorry. The new album just came out, so its hot off the press. Its called Up All Night.
TRRT: Whos playing on that?
S: Its the same band as Uberjam.
So after that embarrassing moment, I realized that we had already been talking for a good half hour, which is quite a few pages in print. Well take another break due to spacing permit, but next week well delve a little deeper into Scofield, and finish things off with insight on the future of jazz, and who he thinks are some of the most instrumental musicians in the progression of new music (one of them is my favorite guitarist whom you may have read about a month ago ).