The man possesses serious chops, but he plays with a great sense of feel and sonic spacing that eludes many guitar shredders. Few guitarists can make every note count like Scofield does.
It was far from a typical night Sunday night at the University of California’s San Diego campus with the John Scofield Uberjam Band in town. The Loft is an on-campus venue with a small stage set in a modern pub atmosphere. But Scofield apparently sold too many tickets for the venue, so the show had to be moved to an adjacent ballroom across the hall.
There was a proficient student jazz band opening the show but no bar inside the ballroom, not to mention no drinks of any kind allowed except for bottled water. Most ticket holders were therefore inclined to idle at the Loft’s bar while waiting for the headliner. The Loft had a heady beer selection that would put some other local venues to shame (such as The Belly Up Tavern, House of Blues and Winston’s Beach Club), and excellent food to boot. It would have been a perfect setting for a show, compared to the featureless ballroom.