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Heads, Tails And Aces

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What I Wanna Hear
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Live Wire
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War We Wage
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Betting Man
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Lay It Down
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Can't Put You Down
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Woman Across The River
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Nothing Left
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I Told Ya
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Stranger Blues
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Not Raining Now
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 59:49

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Matt Schofield "Heads Tails and Aces"

todaytheworld

I just happened to be on the Premier Builders Website looking for clips of the Two-Rock amps and came across Matt Schofield. Wow! Reminds me of Robben Ford in a way, but Matt is Super Funky, Swampy, Bluesy with some Jazz Fusion thrown in. HIs tone is absolutely GORGEOUS, songwriting very tasty and Excellent playing! Phrasing, Vibrato, guitar solo development..just beautiful. I bought this album and the Trio album. Have a listen...ya gotta love it!

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Really wanted to like it...

Briffal

Good vocals, tasteful guitar, but somehow for me it's missing something. Like excitement? Maybe it's a bit too like Robben Ford.

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Pure guitar tone and soulful voice.

GreigM

Matt Schofield has been a favorite at the Jazz Café and many other classy venues in London for a number of years and he has matured into a versitile, soulful vocalist, writer and most importantly guitarist who not only plays great strat sound blues but gets great tone out of other guitars making his music more varied and fresh sounding each time he releases a new album. This album features a full band as opposed to his signature trio line up and the statement is clear, this band and it's leader can rank alone side the best in Blues, Jazz and World music a la Derek Trucks, Robben Ford, etc. A must have for guitar blues lovers.

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It won’t take long for even a fan of U.K. blues-jazz guitarist Matt Schofield to realize that this is his most focused, blues-oriented album to date. The opening track, “What I Wanna Hear,” sets up an easygoing shuffle landing somewhere between Texas and Chicago as Schofield’s laid-back yet emotional voice digs into the sparse, insistent groove, propelled by Jonny Henderson’s organ. When the guitarist lets loose, it’s a solo that’s wired from the heart, plowing into the arrangement with a lean, mean tone that slithers and glides above the walking bass beat. It’s a six-minute tour de force that fades out, leaving the listener wanting more. Fortunately there’s plenty where that came from on the ten additional songs from Schofield’s fourth release. His plaintive vocals and sizzling guitar have often, and correctly, been compared to Robben Ford, but on Heads, Tails & Aces, Schofield’s terrific songs give him a slight edge over Ford due to the latter’s often inconsistent material. The U.K. talent has been honing his recordings since his 2004, debut but tunes such as the soulful ballad “War We Wage” show that he’s now an accomplished songwriter whose music, while blues-based, can easily cross over to a larger audience. He wrote or co-composed all but two tracks, as well as producing the disc. Schofield’s songs effectively avoid the dreaded blues clichés so common to the genre with sharp, well-conceived lyrics, and unexpectedly skillful melodies that borrow just enough from pop to make them memorable. His jazzier chops shine on the Steely Dan-styled “Nothing Left,” letting scatting guitar lines float above the verses, then taking flight on the song’s solo section. A few covers round out the album with Schofield digging into “Woman Across the River” (performed by Freddie King) and Elmore James’ “Stranger Blues” with class, verve, and intensity. The closing ballad “Not Raining Now” is yet another gem, an Eric Clapton-influenced tune that lets Schofield’s guitar lines drizzle through this R&B-influenced romp. It concludes a superb set that proves the U.K. blues roots artist might just be getting warmed up to become one of the major contemporary stars in his overcrowded field. – Hal Horowitz

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