Another Ray Charles tribute. That's what I first thought, but after a listen - I had quickly come to realize that Sco had once again put his magic to the test. John Scofield is one of the few guitarists that has a signature sound, in a time of a "let's all sound the same mentality".
I have been following the career of John Scofield from his first recordings. Twenty-something years later, I am still a big fan. Through all the phases of John's playing, Sco has kept a promise to deliver exciting, funky grooves with melodic and slightly outside guitar work. This tribute to Ray Charles, promises to be the CD that brings John to the masses.
That's What I Say is a collection of 13 tracks ranging from lesser-known Charles gems to some of his most signature tunes. The difference between this and other Ray tributes is Scofield and his distinctive style, as John manages to take this familiar music (for the most part), and contemporize it, while keeping true to the integrity we expect on his records.
Sco utilized his long time friends and band mates, Larry Goldings and Willie Weeks to set the backdrop for this star studded tribute. Guests making this a very special CD include Dr. John, Warren Haynes, John Mayer, David 'Fathead' Newman, and not least the great Aaron Neville, and others.
The tunes selected by Scofield for this project include the party-like "Sticks and Stones" (propelled by Golding’s Hammond B-3 wizardry), the tender ballad "Cryin’ Time," and the slow, steady groove of "Unchain My Heart (Part 1)." That’s What I Say closes with Scofield’s reverent, solo acoustic interpretation of one of Charles’ most beloved hits, "Georgia on My Mind". Fans will by this CD for this song alone.
Thank you John for continuing to deliver the goods...