Blues & Rock/Rythm & Blues
premiera polska: 2014-09-08
kontynent: Ameryka Północna
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Dr. John składa hołd wielkiemy "Satchmo"!
Jeśli Miles Davis miał rację mówiąc "Zarówno w życiu, jak i muzyce chodzi przede wszystkim o styl", Dr. John przez lata z pewnością wypracował swój oryginalny styl, na który składają się, charakterystyczny dla Nowego Orleanu muzyczny galimatias, w którym jazz przeplata się z bluesem, swing z gospel, piosenka kabaretowa z funkiem. Do tego bogata sekcja dęta, hipnotyzująca powtarzalność rytmu i Wiele radości i autentycznego entuzjazmu.
Głosu przebojom Satchmo użyczyli Bonnie Raitt (w utworze “I’ve Got the World on a String”), Ledisi i McCrary Sisters („Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen”), Anthony Hamilton („Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child”), Shemekia Copeland („Sweet Hunk O' Trash”) i fantastyczni the Blind Boys of Alabama w jednym z najlepiej znanych utworów na świecie - "What a Wonderful World” - oraz "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams”.
Na “Ske-Dat-De-Dat…” usłyszymy także znakomitych trębaczy: Nicholasa Paytona, Terence'a Blancharda, Arturo Sandovala, Wendella Bruniousa i Jamesa Andrewsa a także the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Dr. John jest sześciokrotnym zdobywcą nagrody Grammy i jednym z najbardziej cenionych artystów związanych z Nowym Orleanem.
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."
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."
Dr. John's Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch is a collection of songs by and associated with fellow New Orleanian Louis Armstrong, one of the handful cats who put jazz on the map in the early years of the 20th century. Finely arranged by trombonist and co-producer Sarah Morrow, all of these 13 tracks feature guest stars and a great band. Dr. John goes right to the heart of Armstrong's music, opening with "What a Wonderful World," with a vocal intro by the Blind Boys of Alabama and trumpeter Nicholas Payton as a soloist. It's an illustration of just how much he "enjoys screwing with a good song." Though the song is oft-covered, this is likely the very first time it's been done as pure NOLA funk, with drummer Herlin Riley popping all over backbeat. "Mack the Knife," with Mike Ladd and Terence Blanchard, may start with a monster syncopated jazz-funk vamp, but the seeming distance in the exchange between the two vocalists feels unbridgeable. "Tight Like This" done with a slow, Afro-Cuban groove, features with Telmary and Arturo Sandoval. Unfortunately, Dr. John is all but absen and the tune suffers for it. "I've Got the World on a String" is a swinging, bluesy duet with Bonnie Raitt, with Pancho Sanchez dropping a sweet undercurrent of conga. "Gut Bucket Blues," a punchy, swaggering funk number, features a killer horn break from Payton. "Dippermouth Blues" is a driving, fat, front-line horn number, starring James "12" Andrews, while "Sweet Hunk O' Trash" is a wonderful duet with Shemekia Copeland that recalls thegood-natured back and forth that Armstrong and Billie Holiday displayed on their 1949 version. His distorted RMI keyboard solo takes it to -- and over -- the margin. Anthony Hamilton's vocal on "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" is smooth as silk atop a soulful, contemporary jazz chart. It's followed by two selections with the McCrary Sisters. The first "That's My Home," is an easy R&B stroll with Wendell Brunious on flügelhorn. "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" is a stirring trad gospel arrrangement with Ledisi as Dr. John's duet partner. "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" is gorgeous NOLA souled-out R&B with Blanchard and the Blind Boys of Alabama. The closer, "When You're Smiling" is a greasy second-line read with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band that sends this set out romping. Though a couple of cuts fall short of the mark, and the set may have a few too many guests, Ske-Dat-De-Dat is a solid tribute to Armstrong. It does take chances and almost always pulls them off thanks to Dr. John's signature blend of musical imagination, wit, and savvy cool.
Review by Thom Jurek
Dr.John: hammond, organs, piano, vocal
Shemekia Copeland: vocal
Bonnie Raitt: guitar, vocal
Anthony Hamilton: vocal
Nicholas Payton: trumpet
Terence Blanchard: trumpet
Arturo Sandoval: trumpet
James "12" Andrews: trumpet, vocal
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The McCrary Sisters
Blind Boys of Alabama
1. What A Wonderful World (Feat. Nicholas Payton)
2. Mack The Knife (Feat. Terence Blanchard)
3. Tight Like This (Feat. Telmary)
4. I've Got The World On A String (Feat. Bonnie Raitt)
5. Gut Bucket Blues (Feat. Nicholas Payton)
6. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (Feat. Anthony Hamilton)
7. That's My Home (Feat. The McCrary Sisters)
8. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen (Feat. The McCrary Sisters)
9. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (Feat. Blind Boys of Alabama)
10. Dippermouth Blues (Feat. James "12" Andrews)
11. Sweet Hunk O'Trash (Feat. Shemekia Copeland)
12. Memories Of You (Feat. Arturo Sandoval)
13. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) (Feat. Dirty Dozen Brass Band)
total time - 58:24
more info: www.concord.com