John Scofield

Feb. 25
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Far from the limelight of the televised awards, guitarist John Scofield won two Grammys this week: Best Instrumental Jazz Album (Country for Old Men) and Best Improvised Solo (“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”). The 65-year-old has a sense of humor, eclectic musical interests, sterling credentials as an improviser, and the virtuosic skills to pull off just about anything. Accompanied by longtime associates drummer Bill Stewart and keyboardist Larry Goldings, plus bassist Vicente Archer, Scofield will focus on Country, which mostly tackles classics by the likes of George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Bob Wills in adventurous jazz contexts. Sco’s work on the Hank Williams Grammy winner is liquid fire, a lava flow that shoots sparks in all directions while the band sizzles at a frenetic pace. “Wayfaring Stranger” is a dark, unsettled blues, with Stewart laying down a New Orleans shuffle while Sco’s guitar yearns and cries. The Carter Family’s “Wildwood Flower” bops along, peppered with twang. And Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” simmers in 6/8, incisive swing driving wonderfully intricate twists and tangents.