Chicago, 2001, by Whitney Bradshaw
September 30, 1948 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Genres||Avant-garde jazz, experimental|
|Labels||Clean Feed, Cadence Jazz, Music & Arts, Rogue Art|
|Associated acts||Elliott Sharp, Jeff Parker, Stephen Rath, James Choice|
Scott Fields (born September 30, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois) is a guitarist, composer, and bandleader. He is best known for his attempts to blend music that is composed and music that is written and for his modular pieces (see 48 Motives, 96 Gestures and "OZZO"). He works primarily in avant-garde jazz, experimental music, and New Music.
Fields was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He started as a self-taught rock musician but soon was influenced by the musicians of the Association for the Advancement for Creative Musicians (AACM), which was active in the Hyde Park neighborhood in which he grew up. Later he studied classical guitar, jazz guitar, music composition, and music theory. In 1973 Fields co-founded the avant-garde jazz trio Life Rhythms. When the group disbanded two years later, he played sporadically but soon was institutionalized for an extended period. He almost quit music until 1989.
Since then he has performed and composed actively. His ensembles and partnerships have included such musicians as Marilyn Crispell, Hamid Drake, John Hollenbeck, Joseph Jarman, Myra Melford, Jeff Parker, and Elliott Sharp.
Fields is recognized as a specialist in extended techniques for guitar.
- 1993 - Running with Scissors (Geode)
- 1995 - Fugu (Clean Feed)
- 1996 - 48 Motives (Cadence Jazz)
- 1996 - Disaster at Sea (Music & Arts)
- 1997 - Five Frozen Eggs (Music & Arts)
- 1997 - Sonotropism (Music & Arts)
- 1999 - Dénouement (Clean Feed)
- 1999 - Fields-Houle-Roebke: Hornets Collage (Nuscope)
- 2001 - 96 Gestures (Composers Recordings, Inc.)
- 2001 - Mamet (Delmark)
- 2001 - this that (Accretions)
- 2002 - From the Diary of Dog Drexel (Rossbin)
- 2004 - christangelfox (482 Music)
- 2004 - Jeff Parker and Scott Fields: Song Songs Song (Delmark)
- 2007 - We Were the Phliks (Rogue Art)
- 2007 - Beckett (Clean Feed)
- 2008 - Bitter Love Songs (Clean Feed)
- 2008 - Elliott Sharp and Scott Fields: Scharfefelder (Clean Feed)
- 2008 - Drawings (Creative Sources)
- 2008 - Music for the Radio Program This American Life (Neos)
- 2009 - Samuel (New World)
- 2010 - Elliott Sharp and Scott Fields: Afiadacampos (Neos)
- 2010 - Scott Fields and Stephan Rath: what we talk (Neos)
- 2011 - Scott Fields and Matthias Schubert: Minaret Minuets (Clean Feed)
- 2011 - Frail Lumber (NotTwo)
- 2011 - Scott Fields and the Multiple Joyce Orchestra: Moersbow/OZZO (Clean Feed)
- 2013 - Scott Fields Freetet: Kintsugi (Between the Lines)
- 2013 - Scott Fields and Jeffrey Lependorf: Everything Is in the Instructions (Ayler)
- 2014 - Scott Fields Feartet:Haydn (Between the Lines)
- 2014 - Scott Fields Feartet: Mostly Stick (Between the Lines)
- Ludwig von Trier (September 2003). "Scott Fields Interview". Cadence Magazine. 29.
- Harvey Pekar (March 1997). Jazziz Magazine. Missing or empty
- Layne, Joslyn. "Scott Fields". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
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