That's What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles

That's What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles

by John ScofieldJohn Scofield

CD(Dutch Import)

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With John Scofield, a big part of the fun is never knowing what the guitarist will do from one album to the next. He might provide an album that is abstract and cerebral, or he might come up with something funky and groove-oriented; That's What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles is a perfect example of the latter. Featuring well-known guest vocalists who include Dr. John, Mavis Staples (as in the Staple Sisters), Aaron Neville and John Mayer, this tribute to the late Ray Charles is definitely one of Scofield's more commercial projects -- which isn't to say that he shouldn't be proud of the album. Commercialism isn't necessarily a bad thing as long as it is tastefully done, and That's What I Say is a tasteful effort that finds Scofield fluctuating between instrumental soul-jazz and vocal-oriented soul. Produced by drummer Steve Jordan, this 65-minute CD isn't for jazz snobs, but rather, those who hold jazz and R&B in equally high regard -- and people who fit that description will appreciate Scofield's instrumental soul-jazz workouts on "Hit the Road, Jack," "Busted" and "Unchain My Heart," but will be equally receptive to the straight-up R&B singing of Neville on "You Don't Know Me" and Staples on Don Gibson's "I Can't Stop Loving You" (one of the many country songs that received an R&B makeover from Charles). The disc's only disappointing track is an instrumental version of Buck Owens' "Cryin' Time." Scofield uses the Bakersfield sound honky tonk classic as a brief interlude to "I Can't Stop Loving You," but "Cryin' Time" deserved more of his time than a minute and a half -- and it's regrettable that Scofield doesn't stretch out on the Owens gem. But overall, That's What I Say is a creative success for Scofield and the R&B and jazz artists who join him.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2005
Label: Imports
UPC: 0602498805343
catalogNumber: 1124585
Rank: 54350

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Scofield   Primary Artist,Guitar,Finger Snapping,Guitar (Leslie)
Dr. John   Piano,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Aaron Neville   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Larry Goldings   Hammond Organ,Vibes,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Howard Johnson   Baritone Saxophone
Alex Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Lisa Fischer   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Warren Haynes   Vocals,Slide Guitar,Bottleneck Guitar,Guest Appearance
Manolo Badrena   Percussion,Tambourine,Timbales,Vocals,Spanish Vocals
Earl Gardner   Trumpet
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone
Mavis Staples   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Willie Weeks   Bass,Ampeg Baby Bass
Steve Jordan   Drums,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
John Mayer   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Meegan Voss   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Percy Mayfield   Composer
Don Gibson   Composer
Buck Owens   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Titus Turner   Composer
Larry Goldings   Arranger
John Scofield   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Cindy Walker   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Henry Glover   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Pat Thrall   Pro-Tools
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Lew Herman   Composer
Susan Scofield   Producer
Teddy Powell   Composer
Ron Goldstein   Executive Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Renald Richard   Composer
Joseph Armstead   Composer
Steve Jordan   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production

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