Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and six-time Grammy winner Dr. John is New Orleans’ most prominent living musical icon. The embodiment of his hometown’s freewheeling creative spirit and multiple musical traditions, he’s built a visionary, idiosyncratic body of work that’s deeply rooted in the Crescent City’s myriad blues, R&B, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll traditions.
So it’s fitting that Dr. John’s new album on Proper Records, Ske-Dat-De-Dat The Spirit of Satch (out September 1st), pays heartfelt tribute to another larger-than-life New Orleans legend: the seminal trumpeter and vocalist Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, whose musical innovations created the template for 20th-century jazz, and whose playful attitude and life-embracing spirit made him a beloved figure whose worldwide appeal transcended music.
“He’s the most famous guy that ever came out of my neighbourhood,” notes Dr. John. “He became a legend all over, for his trumpet playin’ and everything else, and he was the United States’ ambassador to the world.”
‘Ske-Dat-De-Dat The Spirit of Satch’ honours Armstrong’s musical genius as well as his effervescent personality with 13 classic numbers drawn from various phases of Armstrong’s five-decade career, with Dr. John joined by a stellar supporting cast that manages to update the material while maintaining the music’s timeless emotional appeal.
The subtitle ‘The Spirit of Satch’ is particularly appropriate given the album’s birth cycle, which Dr. John says was set into motion when the late Armstrong—whom he’d only met once during his lifetime, in the office of their mutual manager Joe Glaser—came to him in a dream. READ MORE... proper-records
01. What A Wonderful World
02. Mack The Knife
03. Tight Like This
04. I've Got The World On A String
05. Gut Bucket Blues
06. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
07. That's My Home
08. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
09. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
10. Dippermouth Blues
11. Sweet Hunk O'Trash
12. Memories Of You
13. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)
"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins