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

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All Music Guide
Ske-Dot-De-Dot…The Spirit Of Satch is the legendary musician Dr. John's touching tribute to Louis Armstrong. Assembling backup from New Orleans-based musicians and featuring a whole host of guest stars such as Bonnie Raitt, Ledisi and The McCrary Sisters, this is The Night Tripper at his very best. It also includes the songs "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," "What A Wonderful World" and "Mack The Knife."
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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All Music Guide
Ske-Dot-De-Dot…The Spirit Of Satch is the legendary musician Dr. John's touching tribute to Louis Armstrong. Assembling backup from New Orleans-based musicians and featuring a whole host of guest stars such as Bonnie Raitt, Ledisi and The McCrary Sisters, this is The Night Tripper at his very best. It also includes the songs "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," "What A Wonderful World" and "Mack The Knife."
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2014
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072351875
  • Catalog Number: 35187
  • Sales rank: 7,492

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What a Wonderful World - Five Blind Boys of Alabama (4:10)
  2. 2 Mack the Knife - Mike Ladd (6:13)
  3. 3 Tight Like This - Telmary (4:51)
  4. 4 I've Got the World on a String - Bonnie Raitt (4:04)
  5. 5 Gut Bucket Blues - Nicholas Payton (2:47)
  6. 6 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child - Anthony Hamilton (4:45)
  7. 7 That’s My Home - Wendell Brunious (3:55)
  8. 8 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen - Ledisi (4:36)
  9. 9 Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams - Five Blind Boys of Alabama (6:36)
  10. 10 Dippermouth Blues - James "12" Andrews (4:27)
  11. 11 Sweet Hunk O' Trash - Shemekia Copeland (4:18)
  12. 12 Memories of You - Arturo Sandoval (5:02)
  13. 13 When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You) - The Dirty Dozen Brass Band (2:40)
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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
The 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
Five Blind Boys of Alabama Vocals
Nick Volz Trumpet
Rex Gregory Bass Clarinet
Carl Blouin Sr. 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 Jr. 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
The McCrary Sisters Vocal Arrangements
Billy Moll Composer
Leon René Composer
Bob Thiele Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Paul Blakemore Mastering
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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