Since then, he's never strayed far from the funk, developing a distinctive solo voice that blends an adventurous harmonic sense with a raw, often distorted rock guitar tone. Scofield's current tour supports his recent Blue Note CD Uberjam, the first to feature his working band of recent years. Anchored by drummer Adam Deitch, who's done time with the Average White Band, and bassist Jesse Murphy, the band's secret weapon is rhythm guitarist Avi Bortnick. Bortnick, whom Scofield calls "the electro magician of the band," serves up in-the-pocket rhythm stylings and guitar-triggered samples to provide a wide variety of textural backdrops for Scofield's searing solos.
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