All Stations (2004)

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James Scholfield, Arno Krijger, Billy Hart

The first night I arrived in Cape Town serveral years ago, I was taken by my friend Jack van Poll to a tiny little Jazz place in town. In walks singer Natascha Roth and guitarist James Scholfield.  A lovely evening it turned out to be; Natascha sounding pure and real and beautiful, comped by this wonderful guitarist. We talked, had a glass or two and hit it off right away.

I couldn't believe how this young man could have developed to such a high level in a country that was cut off from the world for so long. But the story was much more intricate than I suspected......

Hein Van de Geyn.  2004

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James Scholfield

I recently relocated to Berlin….Grew up in the UK and Cape Town, South Africa . After trying my hands (and lips) on a number of musical instruments finally settled on the guitar.

My youth was spent hanging out at the Jazz Workshop in Cape Town. Got to learn a lot and meet plenty of musicians from all over the place. Spent many teenage years playing local jazz gigs and watching the cats play. After leaving high school formed the band Wired The Floor with singer Gavin Minter, keyboard player Paul Hanmer and drummer Kevin Gibson which went on to become one of the leading afrojazz fusion bands in South Africa during the late 80’s early 90′ and opened shows for artists such as Paul Simon and Eric Clapton.

Education includes a stint studying jazz and classical guitar at the University Of Cape Town in Cape Town and in Graz, Austria as well as taking private lessons with guitarists Dave Cliff, Jack Wilkins, Wayne Brasel, Johnny Fourie plus workshops with Jim Hall, John Abercrombie

Here’s a quote about me from bass player Hein van de Geyn : James is a prolific composer and his affinity with the music of Southern Africa gives his music a very personal signature.

For the last few years I’ve been touring regularly with Curtis Stigers and as a leader I recorded “All Stations” for the Dutch Label Challenge Jazz with legendary jazz drummer Billy Hart and produced by bassist Hein van de Geyn.

Composed music for a number of Thomas Roth’s ARD TV documentaries ”Die Spur des Bären”

I have performed and recorded with Curtis Stigers Billy Hart, Barry Miles, Coleman Mellett, Jeanie Bryson George Mesterhazy, Jim Ridl, Natascha Roth, Keith Copeland, Will Lee, Tim Lekan, Bob Shomo, Gavin Minter, Hotep Idris Galeta, Oli Rockberger, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, John Fourie, Jack Van Poll, Hein Van De Geyn, Stacey Rowles, Basil Moses, Kevin Gibson, Paul Hamner, Andrew Lilley, Yuri Honig, Rolf Römer, Ian Herman, Denny Lalouette, Shannon Mowday, Kesivan Naidoo, Buddy Wells, Louis Mhlanga, Bruce Cassidy, Maurice Gawronsky, Jennifer Furguson, Wendy Oldfield, Marc Alex, Falling Mirror to name drop a few.

photo: from artist's website http://jamesscholfield.com/

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All Stations (2004)

Scofield

James Scholfield, Arno Krijger, Billy Hart

    Jazz And More

Guitarist James Scholfield, who grew up in South Africa (not to be confused with John Scofield) wanted to do 'something' with a Hammond organ. When he met producer and musician Hein van de Geyn, that was quickly arranged. The double bass player advised him to bring in organist Arno Krijger living in Tilburg. For dessert, the legendary percussionist Billy Hart was invited. This led to the album 'All Stations'. The album is a Scholfield product. But the way that Krijger and Hart follow him makes it a trio plate. The Hammond organ rarely sounds the way many know it: pumping, compelling or groovy. Arno Krijger prefers to merge his instrument with the staccato guitar sound of Scholfield. Billy Hart rustles over it, breaking carefully constructed pieces. The end result is an album that is sensual and robust at the same time. A nice melting pot of tasty Jazz.

Rinus van der Heijden[read full review]

All Stations (2004)

Scofield

James Scholfield, Arno Krijger, Billy Hart

Mastering Engineer: Chris Weeda
Notes:

All Stations was recorded in Analog on October 12, 2003 at Studio Crescendo in Genk, Belgium. It was mixed in DSD using the Sonioma DSD Workstation from the Super Audio Center at Studio LeRoy in Amsterdam by Chris Weeda. 

Producer: Hein van de Geyn
Recording Engineer: Chris Weeda
Recording Location: Studio Crescendo in Genk, Belgium on October 12, 2003
Recording Software: Sonoma DSD Workstation, Super Audio Center
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog

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Alle Stasies
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In The Beginning
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Spoken Word
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Ikhaya
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Ever Present
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