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Piety Street Import

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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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"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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 31, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Emarcy / Pgd
  • ASIN: B001Q8IXK4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Dennis Coonfield Jr. on 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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...how 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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By Mac on June 5, 2015
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This is a landmark Gospel album really, and an interesting Jazz crossover. Not the same as, but in the same league as Bob Dylan's Slow Train Coming, another great classic from south, Muscle Shoals Alabama. The person who criticized the singing is criticizing the gritty vocal style of authentic African-american music, Jazz, R and B, Blues, and Gospel. If we say they have to have perfect pitch on every note, John's guitar isn't held to that standard! This is bluesy, you bend some notes, and it is very authentic. People say Dylan can't sing either (I disagree) but he can talk/sing a groove. The band members are virtuoso players. Porter is R and B, John is jazz, the keyboard man covers everything in between.

Some other great gospel Jazz: Seawind's "Reunion" album (gospel Jazz fusion) and Paul Clark's jazzy 70's tracks with a young Phil Keaggy, (Good To Be Home LP had a couple really great jazz tunes, some great rock classics also, and some of his later albums had some great Jazz vocal tunes in the Gospel genre; the Aim For The Heart LP featured Abraham Laboriel Sr. on bass. These are still available on paulclarkmusic .com and Amazon has digital downloads of all of them). Amazon also has the Seawind album (you have heard the "Seawind Horns" of Jerry Hey Kim Hutchcroft and Larry Williams before; they are on everybody's albums from Michael Jackson's Thriller, to Norman Brown's Just Chilling.)

Thanks for this courageous statement of faith John, for the touch of humor on the cover, and for adding your guitar's colorful style to the genre at it's best.
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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. It is great to hear Mr. Scofield mostly stay inside the changes and play it relatively straight. There is a LOT of soul in this recording.
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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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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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