Dr. John is THE lasting musical legacy still keeping the NOLA heritage alive!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Despite the well documented fact that Sydney Bechet beat Louis Armstrong to the studio by a few months, Louis Armstrong is widely considered as the father of the improvisational music we have come to refer to as jazz. Dr. John is not a jazz musician, he doesn't play the blues and despite landing in the rock and roll hall of fame - Dr. John is a musician, an artist, and perhaps the most important creative spirit keeping the NOLA music vibe rollin' to this day.
There have been countless tributes to Louis Armstrong with most being predictable covers with half hearted arrangements. Ske-Dat-De-Dat embraces not just the legacy of the great "Satchmo" but that of one of the greatest cities in America, New Orleans. Smooth jazz fans talk of vibe and chill, New Orleans and Dr. John wrote the book! Guest artists making cameos include Nicholas Payton on "What A Wonderful World" while Bonnie Raitt blows the roof off the place with "I've Got The World On A String." Toss in the blues infused style of the great Shemekia Copland, the incendiary trumpet of Arturo Sandoval and the amazing Blind Boys of Alabama and you don't just have a release - you have a celebration!
Concord records is the finest major label in the market. Dr. John is a musical icon and the release of Ske-Dat-De-Dat is a triumph that pays more than fitting homage to perhaps the greatest musician that this country has known!
Tracks: What A Wonderful World; Mack The Knife; Tight Like This; I've Got The World On A String; Gut Bucket Blues; Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child; That's My Home; Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen; Wrap Your Trouble In Dreams; Dippermouth Blues; Sweet Hunk O' Trash; Memories Of You; When You're Smiling.