Matt Schofield - 'Far As I Can See' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     May 10, 2014    
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Excellent stuff.

While this is my first foray into the world of Blues Rock by British guitarist Matt Schofield, he's not a raw newcomer. He has released albums before in both studio and live settings, but it's his touring that has really caught people's attention.

Playing both home and abroad, particularly in the US, Schofield has gained some amazing reviews, such as Guitarist Magazine proclaiming – "There isn't a better British Blues guitarist playing currently" and the LA Times noting that – "In Schofield, the UK has produced the best Blues guitarist from any country in decades. Head and shoulders above the herd". With those sort of responses, including Guitar and Bass Magazine voting him one of the top ten Blues guitarists ever alongside Eric Clapton and Peter Green, it's little wonder Provogue snapped him up to join their already impressive roster of Blues players spanning Joe Bonamassa, Johnny Lang, Warren Haynes and Robben Ford. The first spin of 'Far As I Can See' tells me Schofield will be at home with such illustrious company.

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'From Far Away' is a great opening number, Schofield's guitar complemented by Hammond organ and a great bass line – unusual as he has often played in a trio format of just guitar, organ and drums. Vocally Schofield has his insecurities as he claimed singing comes to him far less naturally than playing, but here his voice is strong, soulful and effective.
'Clean Break' has a classic old school Blues swagger while 'Getaway' could easily be Robert Cray. The album has some lovely touches with subtle use of horns and a production without fuss – indeed most of the album was cut live.

There's a couple of choice covers in the form of Albert King's 'Breaking Up Somebody's Home' and a great take on the Neville Brothers 'Yellow Moon' which Schofield manages to put his own stamp on, making them perfectly mesh with his nine originals. Everything on here is good, from the funky Blues of 'Hindsight' to the brooding 'Red Dragon'.

It's bluesy, soulful and fans of Joe Bonamassa might well find Matt Schofield a worthy addition to their collection. Excellent stuff!

James Gaden

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