East Meets West (album)

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East Meets West
John Scofield East Meets West.jpg
Studio album by John Scofield
Released 1978 in Japan (LP)
1987 US (LP, CD)
Recorded August 12–18, 1977
at Onkio Haus, Tokyo, Japan
Genre Jazz, post-bop, fusion
Length 38:17 (CD)
Label Trio (J), BlackHawk (US)
Producer Ken Inaoka, Kaz Harada;
Herb Wong (1987)
John Scofield chronology
East Meets West
Rough House
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

East Meets West is the debut studio album by jazz musician John Scofield. The guitar trio was recorded in 1977 at the Onkio Haus in Tokyo with bassist Clint Houston and Motohiko Hino on drums. The opening tracks of either side of the LP featured trumpeter Terumasa Hino (the drummer's brother). The originally self-titled album was issued in 1978 on the Japanese label Trio Records.[2] Due to the liquidation of the Trio label in 1984 Black Hawk Records re-released the album as East Meets West on LP and CD in 1987.[3] Scofield had his major breakthrough playing with Miles Davis by the time of the Black Hawk re-release. In 1977 Scofield was the first guitarist to handle the mechanically challenging transfer of the "post-Coltrane harmonic language, integrating much of the idiom saxophonists have been working on" the producer Herb Wong wrote in the liner notes.

Terumasa Hino and John Scofield[edit]

Terumasa Hino and John Scofield played several times together, especially in 1977. On August 10 and 11, on the eve of this recording session, all four musicians had already recorded the tracks for Hino's Hip Seagull at Victor Studios in Tokyo as part of a greater ensemble. The more fusion-oriented album was finished later that year in New York, where Terumasa Hino and John Scofield had a recording date in May 1977, together with Ron Carter and Tony Williams for Hino's album May Dance. Both albums were released on Flying Disk. Scofield and Hino were also part of the Dave Liebman Quintet around 1980 and recorded together again in the 1990s for Hino's album Bluestruck for Blue Note (1990) and his Led Zeppelin tribute album It's There (Enja, 1995).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Public Domain" (Scofield) - 8:17
  2. "Amy (Who Else?)" (Scofield) - 3:22
  3. "Blues for Okinawa" (Scofield) - 6:32
  4. "V" (Scofield) - 9:48
  5. "Un Toco Loco – Ballet" (Motohiko Hino, Mike Gibbs) - 5:14
  6. "Ida Lupino" (Carla Bley)[4] - 4:44



  1. ^ East Meets West at AllMusic
  2. ^ Trio was affiliated with Kenwood Corporation.
  3. ^ A 1992 reissue on the Swedish Storyville label restored in part the original design by omitting the extra-title and using a cropped edit of the original front cover photograph showing John Scofield standing at the Hudson River. A more recent CD release of the recording is available on the Japanese label Absord Music.
  4. ^ The composition was falsely credited to Scofield on the cover of East Meets West.