Bar Talk

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Bar Talk
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Studio album by John Scofield
Released 1980 (LP, Japan-only)
Recorded August 1980
Studio Celebration Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz, post-bop
Label Arista/Novus AN 3022
Producer John Scofield, Mark Bingham
John Scofield chronology
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Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Bar Talk is an album by jazz guitarist John Scofield. It was recorded in August 1980 at Celebration Studios in New York City and produced by Mark Bingham and John Scofield.

The John Scofield Trio, established here, went on to release two live albums which were recorded sixteen months later in Munich and released on the German Enja label: Out Like a Light and Shinola. Bar Talk is stylistically very close to the later live recordings and features four Scofield compositions ("New Strings Attached", "How to Marry a Millionaire", "Fat Dancer", and "Nature Calls") along with Steve Swallow's "Never", and "Beckon Call" written by Gary Campbell.

Although recorded in New York, the album was released on the Japanese subsidiary record label Novus, and not released in the United States or elsewhere, until four of the tracks were added as bonus material on the 1990 digital re-release of the preceding album Who's Who?.

Track listing[edit]

All compositions written by John Scofield except where noted.

Side A

  1. "Beckon Call" (Gary Campbell) – 7:05
  2. "New Strings Attached" – 6:12
  3. "Never" (Steve Swallow) – 6:47

Side B

  1. "How to Marry a Millionaire" – 6:35
  2. "Fat Dancer" – 6:55
  3. "Nature Calls" – 5:44