Tuesday, July 09, 2013
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-John Scofield
Most jazz fans are familiar with John Scofield as the master of jazz fusion guitar. He's been around since the late 70s and is still a best selling jazz artist. With the 2009 CD Piety Street, he took a left turn to traditional New Orleans music. And he hired some of the best musicians in New Orleans. The big name here is legendary bassist George Porter Jr. from The Meters. He also has his own band The Runnin' Pardners and has played on many recordings as a sideman and session musician. The lead singer and pianist on this CD is Jon Cleary. Cleary lives in New Orleans but he's actually British. He was Bonnie Raitt's pianist for many years and leads his own band The Absolute Monster Gentlemen. Drummer Ricky Fataar is also a member of Bonnie Raitt's band. He is probably best known as drummer for The Beach Boys in the early 70s and then he was a member of the Beatles spoof band The Rutles. Fataar was born in South Africa. That was the touring band. Singer John Boutte is on three tracks and Harry Connick Jr. drummer Shannon Powell is on a few tracks. Rather than ask these guys to play fusion, Scofield adapts to the New Orleans style. And the songs are mostly gospel standards. That's Enough was written by gospel legend Dorothy Love Coates. So if you are looking for the usual John Scofield fusion music, this might not be for you. But I think you will like it anyway. Here's John Scofield featuring Jon Cleary performing That's Enough in Tokyo Sept. 5, 2009.