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

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Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 19, 2014 (2014-08-19)
RecordedDecember 2013
GenreR&B
Length58:24
LabelConcord
ProducerDr. John, Sarah Morrow
Dr. John chronology
Locked Down
(2012)
Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch
(2014)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic72/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound5/10[3]
Paste7.9/10[4]
PopMatters7/10 stars[5]
USA Today3.5/4 stars[6]

Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch is a 2014 album and the final studio release 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.

Critical reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 72% based on 11 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

The album was selected as a Downbeat Editor's Pick. The Los Angeles Times wrote that tribute albums come and go, "but it's a real rarity that can snap a listener to attention like Dr. John's new salute to jazz founding father Louis Armstrong. "Ske-Dat-De-Dat" turns many of the songs Armstrong recorded inside out and upside down, fast-forwarding them to 2014 with hip-hop beats, funk grooves and wildly inventive horn arrangements that are the work of John and his co-producer and arranger for the project, trombonist Sarah Morrow." [7]

Robert H. Cataliotti's review in Living Blues magazine underlines that Sarah Morrow's "dynamic, textured, and swinging horn charts play a big part in shaping all the different stylistic approaches into a unified soundscape".[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."What a Wonderful World"4:10
2."Mack the Knife"6:13
3."Tight Like This"4:51
4."I've Got the World on a String"4:04
5."Gut Bucket Blues"2:47
6."Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child"4:45
7."That's My Home"3:55
8."Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen"3:46
9."Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams"6:36
10."Dippermouth Blues"4:27
11."Sweet Hunk O'Trash"4:18
12."Memories of You"5:02
13."When You're Smiling"2:41

Personnel[edit]

  • Dr. John – vocals, piano, guitar, horn
  • James "12" Andrews – trumpet
  • Terence Blanchard – trumpet
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama – vocals
  • Carl Blouin Sr. – baritone saxophone
  • Oliver Bonie – baritone saxophone
  • Alonzo Bowens – horn
  • Brian Quezergue – horn
  • Wendell Brunious – flugelhorn
  • Shemekia Copeland – vocals
  • Tony Dagradi – tenor saxophone
  • Gregory Davis – trumpet
  • Tom Fischer – clarinet
  • Barney Floyd – trumpet
  • Bobby Floyd – Hammond B3
  • Alvin Ford, Jr. – drums
  • Rex Gregory – bass clarinet
  • Anthony Gullage – electric bass
  • Anthony Hamilton – vocals
  • Kevin Harris – tenor saxophone
  • Kirk Joseph – sousaphone
  • Mike Ladd – vocals
  • Ledisi – vocals
  • Khari Allen Lee – flute, alto saxophone
  • Roger Lewis – baritone saxophone
  • Eric Lucero – trumpet
  • Tom Mallone – horn
  • Kendrick Marshall – guitar, keyboards
  • The McCrary Sisters – vocals
  • Sarah Morrow – horn, trombone
  • Ivan Neville – Hammond B3
  • Roderick Paulin – alto saxophone
  • Nicholas Payton – trumpet
  • Derwin "Big D" Perkins – guitar
  • Ed Petersen – tenor saxophone
  • Bonnie Raitt – vocals
  • Donald Ramsey – electric bass
  • Herlin Riley – drums, tambourine
  • Jamison Ross – drums
  • Poncho Sanchez – percussions
  • Arturo Sandoval – trumpet
  • Telmary – vocals
  • Efrem Pierre Towns – trumpet
  • Reginald Veal – acoustic bass, electric bass
  • Nick Volz – trumpet
  • Jason Weaver – acoustic bass

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
US Billboard 200[9] 84
US Tastemaker Albums[10] 18
US Jazz Albums[11] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Reviews for Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch by Dr. John". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch - Dr. John". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  3. ^ Doherty, Jack (25 August 2014). "Dr. John - Ske-Dat-De-Dat...Spirit of Satch". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  4. ^ Speed, Tom (2014). "Dr. John: Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch Review". Paste. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  5. ^ Stefano, George De (16 September 2014). "Dr. John: Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch". PopMatters. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  6. ^ Shriver, Jerry (20 August 2014). "Listen Up: New tributes to Satchmo". USA Today. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Dr. John infuses Louis Armstrong tribute album with 'Spirit of Satch'". Los Angeles Times. 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  8. ^ Robert H. Cataliotti (December 2014). "CD REVIEWS DECEMBER 2014: Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch Concord". Living Blues. Archived from the original on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Dr. John - Chart history - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Dr. John - Chart history - Tastemaker Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Dr. John - Chart history - Jazz Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 3 February 2017.

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