Schofield (born 21 August 1977) is a UK blues guitarist and singer whose
music blends blues with rock and funky jazz rhythms. His band, The Matt
Schofield Trio, play their own material, which is a blend of blues, funk
and jazz, along with covers of blues classics such as Albert Collins'
"Lights Are On, But Nobody's Home".
Recordings Schofield has two studio albums and two [l[live album]]s. The
first of the live discs, The Trio, Live was recorded at the Bishops
Blues club at The Half Moon, Bishops Stortford in 2004 and, funded and
released by Richard Pavitt on his Nugene record label, gave the band
their first breakthrough. The first studio album, Siftin' Thru Ashes was
released in 2005. This album showcases not only Schofield as a virtuoso
contemporary blues player, but also as a very competent songwriter,
writing or co-writing eight out of eleven of the tracks on this album.
AllMusic.com calls Schofield's approach "an enjoyable demonstration of
what can happen when blues-rock and blues-jazz are united". The second
live album, Live At The Jazz Cafe! was recorded at the London Jazz Cafe
in April 2005, and was made available as a web only release. Schofield
is one of only two living British artists to be given a four star
(excellent) rating in the Penguin Book of Blues Recordings. The release
of The Trio, Live prompted Schofield to be featured in a Guitarist
magazine article listing the nine notable up and coming blues
guitarists, Schofield being the only non-American. Of the album they
said 'britblues meets jazz via N'Orleans - all played with the kind of
sizzling guitar that just doesn't often surface in Fairford,
Gloucestershire'. In 2007 Guitar & Bass Magazine picked Schofield as one
of the "Top 10 British Blues Guitarists of All Time".
Band Schofield performs with an organ trio (guitar, organ, and
drums), which is an unusual format for blues bands. Organ trios are
mostly associated with the 1950s and 1960s U.S. jazz groups led by
organists such as
Smith. Blues bands more commonly use trios of
guitar, bass and drums, quartets (guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums) or
quintets (guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums). In
Schofield's organ trio, organist Jonny Henderson plays a Hammond organ,
performing basslines using his left hand, and playing chords and lead
lines with his right hand. The trio's drummer is Evan Jenkins. Jeff
Walker played bass on the final track of Siftin' Thru' Ashes. In 2009,
as of the recording of 'Heads, Tails & Aces', The Matt Schofield Trio
became The Matt Schofield Band, a four-piece, featuring Jeff 'The Funk'
Walker on bass, and also replacing Evan Jenkins with Alain Baudry.