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Piety Street

John ScofieldAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Born in Ohio, 1951, JOHN SCOFIELD is one of the principal innovators of modern jazz guitar, a creative artist of the rarest sort: a stylistic chameleon who has forged a consistent and rock-solid aesthetic identity. Regardless of the stylistic setting, his distinct guitar sound and compositions are unmistakably Scofieldesque, always coupled with an improvisational excellence and dedicated to ... Read more in Amazon's John Scofield Store

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  • Audio CD (March 31, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Emarcy / Pgd
  • ASIN: B001Q8IXK4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From the Artist

"I'm just shifting the balances for this one," he says. I've always wanted to record and tour a blues project. That's where I started as a guitarist and I'm feeling that music more than ever of late. I launched a personal search for musical inspiration beyond the standard 12 bar blues and found it in "old time gospel" music - the closest relative to and inspiration for the R& B that we all love. I've always treasured Gospel but never really dug deep into it. My search led to countless songs that really move me. It's really powerful stuff. Of course, it will be Gospel done my way - all the arrangements are mine. "

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It is a rare artist that can explore more than one kind of music with true fluency, virtuosity and sincerity. Guitarist John Scofield can, and he s proven it once again with Piety Street - a powerful collection of Gospel renditions.

Playing with John on this recording: Born in Kent, England in 1964, Jon Cleary is known for his salty-sweet voice, masterful piano/ organ skills. Cleary is best known as a member of Bonnie Raitt's band and his own group Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen.

Sharing a 26 December birthday with Scofield, Porter, Jr. was born in Louisiana in 1947. Few bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as George Porter Jr. During the course of a career spanning four decades, Porter earned recognition as one of America's most iconic and elite bass players as a member of The Meters.

Born in Durban, South Africa in 1952, Ricky Fataar started playing drums at age nine. Fataar appeared in film The Rutles, All You Need is Cash, playing guitarist Stig O'Hara. Stateside by the early 70's, he joined the Beach Boys, touring and recording as their drummer. He has been Bonnie Raitt's drummer since 1979. Multi-instrumentalist, Ricky also writes music for films.

Born into a seventh generation Lousiana, singer John Boutté lives and breathes the heart and soul of New Orleans. Boutte works with a wonderful amalgam of styles -- from torchy jazz to soul and African-American gospel.

Also native to New Orleans, drummer and percussionist Shannon Powell, 43, is both a traditional jazz and modern jazz musician. Powell is widely recognized for his six years in Harry Connick Jr. s band.

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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing...but SEE THIS BAND LIVE! April 12, 2009
Format:Audio CD could this go wrong? The band is fierce: session ace Ricky Fataar, Meters bassman George Porter, Jr., Brit-turned-Nawlins keyboard ace Jon Cleary (who is also a fine singer), and Scofield doing his trademark twitch and twang on top.

I will say that I saw this band live in Boston, and they were riveting! There was genuine joy in the interplay, the backbeat was firm, the improvisations were loose and quirky, and the singing (by Cleary and Porter) was soulful and invigorating. It was one of the better shows I'd seen in recent memory.

That said, this album is astonishingly lifeless. Like a lot of contemporary soul stuff coming out of New Orleans these days, it feels over-produced and stifled. There is way more digital clarity then analog fun. The interplay and fun from the live show is nowhere to be heard. It just has none of the groove and swing and gritty fun that I heard in person.

I would say by all means check these guys out on the road while you can (Scofield's website has tour dates), and maybe spend your Scofield CD budget on "Quiet" or the live trio album with Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soulful album from Sco! September 27, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I'm going to make this short and sweet. After reading a lot negative reviews for this album I was a little hesitant to pick it up. But after listening to the first track I knew I was in for a great ride. This album is funky, soulful and fantastically played. If you're expecting a jazz album, prepare to be disappointed. But if you just like music and don't worry about genre, pick this up. Sco's guitar playing on here is great. Not very jazzy, more bluesy than anything. But he brings the adventurousness and harmonic knowledge gained from jazz to the table. Jon Cleary is a great singer for this style of music and George Porter is as funky as ever. If they played this in church I might actually show up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funky Sco.....N'awlins style! January 2, 2012
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Great disc featuring the ever funky Jon Cleary & Ricky Fataar from Bonnie Raitt's band. If you're a fan of greasy funk with some gospel & soul, this disc is a must for you! Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Piety Street November 7, 2010
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As I am a big Jon Scofield fan it is nice to here another side to this musician's craft.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funky treatment for gospel classics ! April 10, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Unlike his many rivals, who anxiously fuse jazz with folk, classical, world, pop, rock, the guitar maestro John Scofield is stylishly leaning back to gospel/blues.
Gospel fans may be fascinated to see how the music is inventively massaged without being pulled out of shape, but there may be just too many semaphored turns for jazzers.
Some admirers may not approve of his latest gear change -- a downhome, organ-propelled celebration of the New Orleans blues-gospel tradition -- but there's a refreshingly loose and unvarnished ambience here, Scofield swapping uncomplicated licks with a line-up that includes the singer/pianist Jon Cleary.
According to many, John Scofield was easily the best thing about Miles Davis's band. He is a superb electric blues guitarist.
When he decides to party with hard-grooving hot-licks bands, he always sounds as if he's enjoying himself.
Along with the blues, this bittersweet, passionate church music put the heart and soul into American modern jazz.
There are 13 cuts on "Piety Street", ranging from well-known gospel standards with a couple of originals.
Alongside New Orleans vocalist John Boutte, rollicking pianist Jon Cleary and a propulsive rhythm section with Shannon Powell's tambourine on top, Scofield's guitar sings "Motherless Child", "Walk with Me" and eleven gospel classics that all transmit that healing feeling."Occasionally, you're left with the feeling that Scofield and band's instrumental proficiency rather overwhelms the soul-stirring simplicity of the originals".
The album highlights: "That's Enough", "Something's Got A Hold On Me", and "Never Turn Back".
But "it's one of Scofield's own - "It's A Big Army" - that's the album stand-out: a fun, upbeat cut of jazzed-up 12 bar blues that sees breathless group vocals and handclaps thrown into the pot". - BBC
The album debuts at # 3 of the Top Contemporary Jazz chart. Issue date: 2009-04-18
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great inspirational funky music April 4, 2009
Format:Audio CD
The 'Piety Street' album by John Scofield is amazing. A great take on Gospel music, particularly the older traditional songs of the Church. This just about ranks with the magnificant Holmes Brothers album, 'Speaking in Tongues' as one of the most funky and dynamic albums out there. give it a listen!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scofield plays bluesy gospel songs June 26, 2009
Format:Audio CD
John Scofield said his initial intent on this CD was to play 12-bar blues. He decided that has been overdone so he recorded gospel songs. The songs are old gospel songs aside from two credited to Scofield. Scofield recruited Jon Cleary on vocals and piano, George Porter on bass, and Rickey Fataar on drums. They are all experienced musicians, but not jazz musicians. The songs and singing are all good. I give the CD only 3 stars because the music, including Scofield's playing, is generic blues. If it weren't for the vocals, the songs would be hard to differentiate.

I recommend this to fans of Scofield's bluesier albums. If you're more of a Scofield jazz fan, you might not like this one as, say, "This Meets That".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Guitar Virtuouso Takes on Gospel Blues Genre May 28, 2009
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In "Piety Street" jazz-blues-funk guitar guru John Scofield pays homage to the gospel-blues genre. In the 13 tracks on this album, Scofield covers classic gospel songs from James Cleveland, Thomas Dorsey and others with style and grace. For the album, Scofield assembled a seasoned band including vocalist/keyboardist Jon Cleary (formerly with Bonnie Raitt), Louisiana bassist George Porter, Jr, drummer Ricky Fataar of South Africa, Louisiana singer John Boutte, and New Orleans percussionist Shannon Powell.

The synergy of the ensemble playing these gospel-blues classics alone makes it worth picking up this album.

Scofield's playing is solid and worthy. I particularly like what he does with the tracks "That's Enough," and "It's a Big Army." I was hand clapping, toe-tapping and finger snapping all the way through them!

I love the material, and the ensemble. He stays pretty close to traditional interpretations of these songs, though, and plays a lot of frequently referenced blues-gospel riffs. The interesting modulations and tasty riffs that have virtually become trademarks of John Scofield's recent albums are much rarer but still present on "Piety Street."

If you enjoy Scofield and/or blues-gospel, you'll like this album- no question about it. A very good, but not great effort from the jazz-fusion guitar master. At least worth a listen. Check it out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How lucky are we?
This is outstanding. Ignore the negative comments...IF you like gospel as a genre and NOLA music. Sideman Jon Cleary (piano, vocals) and George Porter (bass) are killing it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Burning James
2.0 out of 5 stars Um, no.
It sounds like John and some friends had fun making this, but I can't get past the vocals. They just bother me. I want to hear John, not vocals. Read more
Published on December 27, 2010 by David J. Mcclelland
1.0 out of 5 stars Pitiful Street Maybe
These are some of the best musicians on the plant. Yet this CD lacks any of the qualities I have ever heard from any of these players. It is lifeless with no depth. Read more
Published on November 3, 2009 by C. Toney
5.0 out of 5 stars Sco goes in a soulful gospel direction.
I bought this album not knowing what to expect (seeing as how "This meets that" did nothing for me) and was totally floored. Read more
Published on October 22, 2009 by Michael G. Hoelen
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse than This Meets That
John Scofield's music has gone down hill fast. I thought that This Meets That was one of his worst albums, but this one takes the cake! Read more
Published on September 1, 2009 by Z. Fretz
5.0 out of 5 stars SCO & CLEARY CELEBRATE the GOSPEL via N'AWLINS !!!
John Scofield is really 'Under Big Top,' on "Piety Street'. With George Porter (bass),Ricky Fataar (drums), Jon Cleary (piano),and John Boutte (vocals), "Piety Street" is a... Read more
Published on May 1, 2009 by stephen watkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
I was amazed at low rating for this new recording before I bought this CD.

After I got this CD, I thought the performance was OK. Read more
Published on April 26, 2009 by J. Wilder
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