Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch Image
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  • Summary: Dr. John's tribute album to Louis Armstrong features James "12" Andrews, Terence Blanchard, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Shemekia Copeland, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Anthony Hamilton, Mike Ladd, Ledisi, The McCrary Sisters, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, Bonnie Raitt, and Arturo Sandoval.
  • Record Label: Concord
  • Genre(s): Jazz, R&B, Blues, Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, New Orleans R&B, Piano Blues, Jazz Blues
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 80
    It’s a feisty, dynamic hour long set that does what it sets out to: captures Armstrong’s indefatigable spirit and keeps his music alive for a new generation.
  2. Aug 25, 2014
    80
    Though billed as a salute to Armstrong, Ske-Dat-De- Dat… could more accurately be described as a celebration of Crescent City, the magic and wonder of the burg embraced to the max on a gloriously heartwarming That’s My Home.
  3. 80
    This is not jazz for the purist but it is a heartfelt and entertaining tribute to one of the musical greats.
  4. Aug 19, 2014
    79
    Dr. John shows us the scope of Satchmo’s influence, how the early American music that he pioneered has blossomed into a multi-faceted music that still has his soul at its center.
  5. Sep 16, 2014
    70
    None of them is a complete dud--Sandoval’s red-hot soloing saves “Tight Like That”--they just feel like they belong on different albums. Had they been pruned, Ske-Dat-De-Dat really would have been a dream tribute to Satchmo.
  6. Aug 19, 2014
    70
    Though a couple of cuts fall short of the mark, and the set may have a few too many guests, Ske-Dat-De-Dat is a solid tribute to Armstrong. It does take chances and almost always pulls them off thanks to Dr. John's signature blend of musical imagination, wit, and savvy cool.
  7. Aug 19, 2014
    50
    It’s cumbersome and overstuffed, even if some of its moments are keepers.

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