Shields Johnston Fielding (SJF) started as an all-star kitchen jam in 2008 that has evolved into a wonderfully original contemporary jazz trio of the highest musicianship. Pushing the boundaries of traditional jazz composition through an exploratory approach, the trio's sound pulls listeners into lush, emotion laden ballads, driving grooves, and challenging, yet beautiful, memorable melodies. SJF draws on influences diverse as folk music from Brazil, America, West Africa, to classical composers such as Stravinsky, Bartok, and Bach and Classical South Indian. And, of course they are deeply versed in the jazz tradition. The players share a deep commitment to an uncompromising level of dedication to their musicianship, emotional intensity, within the intimate sound that only a small group, such as a trio, can afford. Audiences who have heard them live become acutely aware of their commitment, joy, and camaraderie during live performances.
SJF's musical journey is documented on their three CDs. Their latest C.D, entitled Pictures, reveals their current interest in combining jazz with Brazilian, American Folk, and West African musical traditions. Their 2010 release "Bits and Pieces" included two horns and voice and reveals inspiration from the classical tradition, as well as drawing many interesting rhythmic aspects of world music traditions. Their inaugural 2010 release "A Road Forgotten" has the trio exploring the potential of the contemporary guitar trio, one in which the textures of acoustic and electric instruments, and soundscape effects are explored with great success.
Shields Johnston Fielding
The Great Western Tour, 2015