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John Scofield (born December 26, 1951 in Dayton, Ohio) is a jazz guitarist and composer, who played and eventually collaborated with Miles Davis. A bebop master, Scofield is simultaneously well acquainted with R&B and blues styles
Early on in life, Scofield's family relocated to the small, mostly rural location of Wilton, Connecticut; it was here that he discovered his interest in music. Educated at the prestigious Berklee School of Music, Scofield eventually joined jazz fusion groups, playing with the likes of Billy Cobham. He recorded with Charles Mingus in 1976, and replaced Pat Metheny in Gary Burton's quartet. In autumn 1976 he signed a contract with Enja Records, and he released his first album East Meets West in 1977. In 1979 he formed a trio with Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum. He later joined Miles Davis, with whom he remained until 1985.
While still with Davis, he released the Electric Outlet (1984). Still Warm (1985) followed after he left Davis's group.