That's What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
With John Scofield, a big part of the fun is never knowing what the guitarist will do from one album to the next. He might provide an album that is abstract and cerebral, or he might come up with something funky and groove-oriented; That's What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles is a perfect example of the latter. Featuring well-known guest vocalists who include Dr. John, Mavis Staples as in the Staple Sisters, Aaron Neville and John Mayer, this tribute to the late Ray Charles is definitely one of Scofield's more commercial projects -- which isn't to say that he shouldn't be proud of the album. Commercialism isn't necessarily a bad thing as long as it is...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
With John Scofield, a big part of the fun is never knowing what the guitarist will do from one album to the next. He might provide an album that is abstract and cerebral, or he might come up with something funky and groove-oriented; That's What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles is a perfect example of the latter. Featuring well-known guest vocalists who include Dr. John, Mavis Staples as in the Staple Sisters, Aaron Neville and John Mayer, this tribute to the late Ray Charles is definitely one of Scofield's more commercial projects -- which isn't to say that he shouldn't be proud of the album. Commercialism isn't necessarily a bad thing as long as it is tastefully done, and That's What I Say is a tasteful effort that finds Scofield fluctuating between instrumental soul-jazz and vocal-oriented soul. Produced by drummer Steve Jordan, this 65-minute CD isn't for jazz snobs, but rather, those who hold jazz and R&B in equally high regard -- and people who fit that description will appreciate Scofield's instrumental soul-jazz workouts on "Hit the Road, Jack," "Busted" and "Unchain My Heart," but will be equally receptive to the straight-up R&B singing of Neville on "You Don't Know Me" and Staples on Don Gibson's "I Can't Stop Loving You" one of the many country songs that received an R&B makeover from Charles. The disc's only disappointing track is an instrumental version of Buck Owens' "Cryin' Time." Scofield uses the Bakersfield sound honky tonk classic as a brief interlude to "I Can't Stop Loving You," but "Cryin' Time" deserved more of his time than a minute and a half -- and it's regrettable that Scofield doesn't stretch out on the Owens gem. But overall, That's What I Say is a creative success for Scofield and the R&B and jazz artists who join him.
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  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498805343
  • Catalog Number: 000436002

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Scofield Primary Artist, Guitar, Finger Snapping, Guitar (Leslie)
Dr. John Piano, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Aaron Neville Vocals, Guest Appearance
Larry Goldings Hammond Organ, Vibes, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Howard Johnson Baritone Saxophone
Alex Foster Tenor Saxophone
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Lisa Fischer Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Warren Haynes Vocals, Slide Guitar, Bottleneck Guitar, Guest Appearance
Manolo Badrena Percussion, Tambourine, Timbales, Vocals, Spanish Vocals
Earl Gardner Trumpet
David "Fathead" Newman Tenor Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Keith O'Quinn Trombone
Mavis Staples Vocals, Guest Appearance
Willie Weeks Bass, Ampeg Baby Bass
Steve Jordan Drums, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
John Mayer Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Meegan Voss Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Don Gibson Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Titus Turner Composer
Larry Goldings Arranger
John Scofield Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Cindy Walker Composer
Nick Ashford Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Joe Ferla Engineer
Henry Glover Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
Pat Thrall Pro-Tools
Stuart Gorrell Composer
Lew Herman Composer
Susan Scofield Producer
Teddy Powell Composer
Ron Goldstein Executive Producer
Hollis King Art Direction
Renald Richard Composer
Joseph Armstead Composer
Steve Jordan Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Audio Production
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