Scott Fields

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Scott Fields
Scott Fields.jpg
Chicago, 2001, by Whitney Bradshaw
Background information
Born (1948-09-30) September 30, 1948 (age 67)
Origin Chicago, Illinois USA
Genres avant-jazz, New Music
Years active 1970s — present
Associated acts Scott Fields Ensemble
Scott Fields Freetet
Elliott Sharp and Scott Fields
Scott Fields and Stephen Rath
Jeff Parker and Scott Fields
James Choice Orchestra
Multiple Joy(ce) Orchestra
Notable instruments

Scott Fields (born September 30, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois), is a guitarist, composer and band leader. 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.[1]


Fields was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He started as a self-taught rock musician[1] but soon was influenced by the musicians of the Association for the Advancement for Creative Musicians, 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.[2] In 1973 Fields co-founded the power avant-jazz trio Life Rhythms. When the group disbanded two years later he played sporadically, but soon was institutionalized for an extended period. He all but quit music until 1989.[2]

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.[3]

Fields is recognized as a specialist in extended techniques for guitar.[4]

Selected discography[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ludwig von Trier (September 2003). "Scott Fields Interview". Cadence Magazine. 29. 
  2. ^ a b Harvey Pekar (March 1997). Jazziz Magazine.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Joslyn Layne. Scott Fields biography at Allmusic. Retrieved on 2007-01-03.
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