Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch

Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch

by Dr. John


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2014
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072351875
catalogNumber: 35187
Rank: 35435

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dr. John   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Horn,Vocals
Ivan Neville   Hammond B3
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals
Tony Dagradi   Tenor Saxophone
Arturo Sandoval   Trumpet
Herlin Riley   Drums,Tambourine
Reginald Veal   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Terence Blanchard   Trumpet
Alonzo Bowens   Horn
Gregory Davis   Trumpet,Soloist
Kirk Joseph   Sousaphone
Mike Ladd   Vocals
Roger Lewis   Baritone Saxophone
McCrary Sisters   Background Vocals
Nicholas Payton   Trumpet
Donald Ramsey   Bass,Electric Bass
Poncho Sanchez   Percussion
Jason Weaver   Acoustic Bass
Wendell Brunious   Flugelhorn
Roderick Paulin   Alto Saxophone
Anthony Hamilton   Vocals
Ed Petersen   Tenor Saxophone
Kevin Harris   Tenor Saxophone
Anthony Gullage   Bass,Electric Bass
Shemekia Copeland   Vocals
Barney Floyd   Trumpet
Derwin "Big D" Perkins   Guitar
Kendrick Marshall   Guitar,Keyboards
Ledisi   Vocals
Tom Fischer   Clarinet
Sarah Morrow   Trombone,Horn
Blind Boys of Alabama   Vocals
Nick Volz   Trumpet
Rex Gregory   Bass Clarinet
Carl Blouin   Baritone Saxophone
Bobby Floyd   Hammond B3
Telmary   Vocals
James "12" Andrews   Trumpet
Tom Mallone   Horn
Brian Quezergue   Horn
Eric Lucero   Trumpet
Jamison Ross   Drums
Alvin Ford   Drums
Bernard Floyd   Trumpet
Oliver Bonie   Baritone Saxophone
Khari Allen Lee   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Efrem Pierre Towns   Trumpet,Soloist

Technical Credits

Marc Blitzstein   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Dr. John   Arranger,Producer
Eubie Blake   Composer
James P. Johnson   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Herlin Riley   Arranger
Reginald Veal   Arranger
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
Scott Billington   Executive Producer
Chad Brown   Engineer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Langston Curl   Composer
George Douglas   Composer
Joe Goodwin   Composer
Chris Hill   Cover Design
McCrary Sisters   Vocal Arrangements
Billy Moll   Composer
Leon René   Composer
Bob Thiele   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Otis Rene   Composer
Larry Shay   Composer
Ben Ellison   Composer
Derwin "Big D" Perkins   Arranger
Malcolm Mills   Executive Producer
Sarah Morrow   Arranger,Producer
Chris Finney   Engineer
Seth Presant   Engineer
Bobby Floyd   Arranger
Mark Fisher   Composer
Joseph Oliver   Composer
Andrew Sewell   Personal Assistant
Flournoy E. Miller   Composer
Misha Kachkachishvili   Engineer
Andy Tavel   Executive Producer
Jeff Jones "the Jedi Master"   Engineer
Dustin Higgins   Engineer
Jeremy Rojas   Engineer
Will Wetzel   Engineer
Bobby Van Lenten   Cover Design

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