Scott Fields

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Scott Fields
Scott Fields.jpg
Chicago, 2001, by Whitney Bradshaw
Background information
Born (1953-09-30) September 30, 1953 (age 65)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Avant-garde jazz, experimental
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1970s–present
Labels Clean Feed, Cadence Jazz, Music & Arts, Rogue Art
Associated acts Elliott Sharp, Jeff Parker, Stephen Rath,

Scott Fields (born September 30, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois) is a guitarist, composer, and bandleader. He is best known for blending music that is composed with 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 contemporary classical music.[1]


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 late 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 quit music almost entirely until 1989.[1]

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.[2]


  • 2000 Hornets Collage with François Houle, Jason Roebke (Nuscope)
  • 2004 Songs Songs Songs with Jeff Parker (Delmark)
  • 2008 Scharfefelder with Elliott Sharp (Clean Feed)
  • 2008 Drawings (Creative Sources)
  • 2010 What We Talk with Stephan Rath (Neos)
  • 2010 Afiadacampos with Elliott Sharp (Neos)
  • 2011 Minaret Minutes with Matthias Schubert (Clean Feed)
  • 2011 Moersbow/Ozzo (Clean Feed)
  • 2011 Ostryepolya with Elliott Sharp (PanRec/NotTwo)
  • 2012 Five Frozen Eggs (Clean Feed)
  • 2013 Everything Is in the Instructions with Jeffrey Lependorf (Ayler)
  • 2015 Akra-Compoj with Elliott Sharp (New Atlantis)
  • 2015 Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame (New Atlantis)
  • 2018 Barclay (Scott Fields Ensemble, Ayler Records)


  1. ^ a b "Harvey Pekar interview with Scott Fields". Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  2. ^ Layne, Joslyn. "Scott Fields". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 December 2016.

External links

  • Scott Fields website
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