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John Scofield

7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, September 28, to Saturday, September 29. Jazz at the Bistro, 3536 Washington Avenue.

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John Scofield Trio's titular guitarist might look like a less crazy John Malkovich, but he plays like nobody else on the planet. After 30-plus years climbing the jazz ladder, Scofield has forged a soulful yet obtuse approach to melody, like the blues interpreted by Pablo Picasso. His playing is instantly recognizable, but his career is unpredictable, as shown by a discography that effortlessly shifts from jazz standards to New Orleans tributes to collaborations with jam-band crossover Medeski, Martin & Wood. One thing to expect from the eclectic guitarist during his run at the Bistro: He will sound like John Scofield, and that's all we need to know.

Co-Conspirators: Bill Stewart is an inventive, loose-wristed drummer known for his improvisational interplay, and Steve Swallow is one of the most elegant upright bassists of all time.

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