Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit Of Satch (2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit Of Satch (2014)

FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:31 minutes | 1,32 GB
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Booklet
Genre: Blues, R&B, Jazz, New Orleans R&B, Piano Blues | Label: © Proper Records | Concord Music Group
Recorded: December 10 – 13, 2013 and January 2 & 3, 2014 at Esplanade Studios, New Orleans, LA.

Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch is a 2014 album by American musician Dr. John. Produced by Dr. John and Sarah Morrow, it was released in August 2014. It features many guest musicians, such as The Blind Boys of Alabama and Bonnie Raitt.

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. -Thom Jurek

1 What A Wonderful World (feat. Blind Boys of Alabama & Nicholas Payton) 4:11
2 Mack The Knife (feat. Mike Ladd & Terence Blanchard) 6:13
3 Tight Like This (feat. Telmary & Arturo Sandoval) 4:52
4 I 4:04
5 Gut Bucket Blues (feat. Nicholas Payton) 2:47
6 Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (feat. Anthony Hamilton) 4:45
7 That 3:55
8 Nobody Knows The Trouble I 4:37
9 Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (feat. Blind Boys of Alabama & Terence Blanchard) 6:36
10 Dippermouth Blues (feat. James “12” Andrews) 4:28
11 Sweet Hunk O 4:19
12 Memories Of You (feat. Arturo Sandoval) 5:03
13 When You 2:41

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