Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Dr. John Gives Us His Tribute To Louis Armstrong With "The Spirit Of Satch"

Arriving June 5th, is a new album from the late, great Mac Rebennack, better known to the world as Dr. John (who passed away one year ago on June 6th). Dr. John's new album release is a tribute to one of his biggest inspirations, Louis Armstrong. The new release titled "Ske-Dat-De-Dat" was recorded seven years ago and will premier on limited edition vinyl, before coming out on CD.

Dr. John takes the music of Louis Armstrong and arranges the songs to suite his New Orleans style, as he invites some friends along to help. The Blind Boys of Alabama start things off with their sweet harmonies on "What A Wonderful World," but the great thing is hearing Dr. John's iconic vocals lead this tribute. Trumpeter Terrence Blanchard sends pulses of energy to support Dr. John's version of "Mack The Knife," highlighted by Mike Ladd's hip-hop vocals. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt joins Dr. John for the playful duet of "I've Got The World On A String," before the mood gets funky with the rhythm of "Gut Bucket Blues." Singer/songwriter Anthony Hamilton lends his velvet voice to the R&B flavor of "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child," before The Blind Boys of Alabama return with Terrence Blanchard for the uplifting, gospel-like rendition of "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams."  Dr. John's new album closes with the fun, boogie-woogie style of "Sweet Hunk O'Trash" and the secret New Orleans ingredient of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band performing "When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)." To find out more about the new release "Ske-Dat-De-Dat," please visit lastmusic.co.uk.

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