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Dr. John — Ske~Dat~De~Dat…The Spirit Of Satch
Ξ•Ξ Dr. John již předtím vydal podobným stylem alba poct pro: Duke Ellington a Johnny Mercer. Všech 13 písní oživil s respektem a s přispěním pár desítek úžasných doprovodných hudebníků. Je to divoký, dynamický hodinový set, který dosahuje to, co se dalo očekávat: zachycuje Armstrongova neúnavného ducha a udržuje jeho hudbu naživu pro novou generaci.
Birthname: Malcolm John Rebennack Jr.
Born: Nov 21 1940
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Album release: Sept 1, 2014
Record Label: Proper/Concord
01. What A Wonderful World [feat. Nicholas Payton] 4:11
02. Mack The Knife [feat. Terence Blanchard] 6:13
03. Tight Like This [feat. Telmary] 4:52
04. I’ve Got The World On A String [feat. Bonnie Raitt] 4:04
05. Gut Bucket Blues [feat. Nicholas Payton] 2:47
06. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child [feat. Anthony Hamilton] 4:45
07. That’s My Home [feat. The McCrary Sisters] 3:55
08. Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen [feat. The McCrary Sisters] 4:37
09. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams [feat. Blind Boys of Alabama] 6:36
10. Dippermouth Blues [feat. James “12” Andrews] 4:28
11. Sweet Hunk O’Trash [feat. Shemekia Copeland] 4:19
12. Memories Of You [feat. Arturo Sandoval] 5:03
13. When You’re Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) [feat. Dirty Dozen Brass Band] 2:41
Ξ•Ξ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and six~time GRAMMY® — winner Dr. John is New Orleans’ most prominent living musical icon. The embodiment of his hometown’s freewheeling creative spirit and multiple musical traditions, he’s built a visionary, idiosyncratic body of work that’s deeply rooted in the Crescent City’s myriad blues, R&B, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll traditions. So it’s fitting that Dr. John’s August 19, 2014 release on Concord Records, Ske~Dat~De~Dat...The Spirit Of Satch, pays heartfelt tribute to another larger~than~life New Orleans legend: the seminal trumpeter and vocalist Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, whose musical innovations created the template for 20th~century jazz, and whose playful attitude and life~embracing spirit made him a beloved figure whose worldwide appeal transcended music. “He’s the most famous guy that ever came out of my neighborhood,” notes Dr. John. “He became a legend all over, for his trumpet playin’ and everything else, and he was the United States’ ambassador to the world.”
Ξ•Ξ Ske~Dat~De~Dat...The Spirit Of Satch honors Armstrong’s musical genius as well as his effervescent personality with 13 quintessential numbers drawn from various phases of Armstrong’s five~decade career, with Dr. John joined by a stellar supporting cast that manages to update the material while maintaining the music’s timeless emotional appeal. In addition to Dr. John’s trademark vocals and piano, and backup from some of New Orleans’ finest musicians, Ske~Dat~De~Dat…The Spirit Of Satch features a stellar assortment of guest singers and players. Bonnie Raitt shares the spotlight on a swinging reading of “I’ve Got the World on a String,” Ledisi and the McCrary Sisters lend gospel authority to “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” Anthony Hamilton is featured on a mournful “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” Shemekia Copeland trades verses with Dr. John on a playful reworking on “Sweet Hunk O’ Trash,” and the Blind Boys of Alabama lend their powerful voices to “What a Wonderful World” and “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams.”
By Brett Milano; 01 August 2014
Ξ•Ξ During his keynote address at last year’s Satchmo SummerFest, Wycliffe Gordon opined that nobody but Louis Armstrong could possibly bring off a song like “What a Wonderful World.”
Ξ•Ξ One track into this album, Dr. John proves Gordon wrong. Mac Rebennack isn’t the first to cover this chestnut — even Joey Ramone had a go at it — but he may be the first to do it as funk. After the Blind Boys of Alabama’s a cappella intro, the band proceeds to dance all over the tune; Nicholas Payton plays an exuberant solo and Dr. John sings it as if he’s genuinely amazed to see the skies of blue and the friends shaking hands. It’s a version that revitalizes the song, bypassing the sweet sentiment and going straight for the underlying joy.
Ξ•Ξ Dr. John’s been teasing this album for a while now — he played a preview track as a Jazz Fest encore two years ago — and its release comes at a notable time in his career. It’s the follow up to Locked Down, the Black Keys collaboration that briefly made him trendy with the young folks. It’s also his first release since his controversial step of losing the Lower 911 and installing trombonist Sarah Morrow as musical director. Morrow co~produced and arranged Ske~Dat~De~Dat: The Spirit of Satch, and while many of the arrangements hit the target — like a rollicking, second–line “When You’re Smiling” with the Dirty Dozen — there are also times when it feels over–arranged and guest~starred.
Ξ•Ξ Chief among them is the splicing of a rap break into “Mack the Knife,” which adds some clunky lyrics (“This song’s about murder” — well, right), and takes the steam out of a version that was doing fine. Likewise, Termary’s Spanish vocals on “Tight like That” sound like an after–the–fact overdub and add none of the intended steam, especially since Dr. John himself is barely evident on the track.
Ξ•Ξ At times like this, you have to miss his old band’s unfailing funk.
Ξ•Ξ Fortunately, the rest of the disc stays closer to home. If you’ve missed Dr. John in crooner mode — something he hasn’t really done since 1995’s Afterglow — you get a taste on “Memories of You.” I’m more partial to “Sweet Hunk O’Trash,” where he and Shemekia Copeland at least equal the saltiness of the Satchmo/Billie Holiday version.
Ξ•Ξ And the swinging takes on “World on a String” (with Bonnie Raitt) and “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams” sounds exactly like you’d expect a Dr. John version to sound — which is to say, exactly right. Fortaken: http://www.offbeat.com/
Written by Hal Horowitz August 21st, 2014 at 10:07 am / Score: 4/5
BY NICK DERISO, AUGUST 20, 2014
Ξ•Ξ The legendary Dr. John is a six–time GRAMMY® Award–winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans’ musical legacy, Dr. John is a true icon in American culture. His colorful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford.
Ξ•Ξ Dr. John headed west in the 1960s, where he continued to be in demand as a session musician, playing on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main St. During that time he launched his solo career, developing the charismatic persona of Dr. John the Night Tripper. A legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album Gris–Gris, which introduced to the world his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots. Several of his many career highlights include the masterful album Sun, Moon and Herbs in 1971 which included cameos from Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger and 1973’s In the Right Place, which contained the chart hits “Right Place Wrong Time” and “Such A Night.”
Ξ•Ξ In addition to his six GRAMMY® wins (1989, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008 and 2013), he has received six other GRAMMY® nominations over the years. In 2006, he was nominated for Sippiana Hericane, his Hurricane Katrina benefit disc. After Hurricane Katrina, Dr. John immediately stepped up to the plate with generous relief fund-raising concerts and recordings. In 2007, he was also inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame. In 2008, he released City That Care Forgot, winning a GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Blues Album. His 2012 release Locked Down, with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys also won a GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
Ξ•Ξ In 2013, Dr. John was awarded an honorary doctorate from Tulane University alongside His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Ξ•Ξ On August 19, 2014, Dr. John releases Ske–Dat–De–Dat…The Spirit Of Satch on Concord Records, an album in tribute to another larger–than–life New Orleans legend: Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. He honors Armstrong’s musical genius as well as his effervescent personality with 13 classic numbers drawn from various phases of the seminal trumpeter and vocalist’s five–decade career, with Dr. John joined by a stellar supporting cast, including Bonnie Raitt, Ledisi, the McCrary Sisters, Anthony Hamilton, Shemekia Copeland, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and trumpeters Nicholas Payton, Terence Blanchard, Arturo Sandoval, Wendell Brunious and James Andrews.
Ξ•Ξ After a half century of creating music for others and himself, Dr. John continues to write, arrange, produce and interpret with a passion that has yet to wane. Ξ•Ξ _______________________________________________________________
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