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John's recordings for Verve, from straight-ahead jazz of the highest caliber to the funky and electronic grooves of his more 'jam band' oriented outings, have continued to broaden his audience while retaining his status as one of the most recognizable and respected guitarists in all of popular music. That's What I Say should bring his soulful, swinging music to a whole new legion of fans by the sheer heartfelt honesty of this homage to the great Ray Charles. Verve. 2005.

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Although sure to be criticized for cashing in on the Ray Charles bandwagon, jazzman John Scofield’s 2005 tribute release is also one of the most varied yet successful albums in the guitarist’s extensive catalog. Shifting from a big band/multi-vocalist approach for the classic "What’d I Say" featuring an all-star lineup of Dr. John, Warren Haynes, Aaron Neville, John Mayer and Mavis Staples trading verses (they all also take solo vocals on other tracks), along with longtime Charles saxist David "Fathead" Newman, to the lone guitar rendition of "Georgia on my Mind" that closes the disc, Scofield celebrates both Charles’ music and his eclectic approach to it. The stripped down instrumental version of "Crying Time" with only funereal organ accompaniment is perfectly offset by the following gospelized reading of "I Can’t Stop Loving You," brought home by Mavis Staples’ explosive vocal. Teen throb John Mayer acquits himself admirably on vocals and guitar, singing and trading licks with Scofield on a rugged "I Don’t Need No Doctor," and Dr. John brings New Orleans soul on a greasy "Talkin’ Bout You"/"I Got a Woman" medley. The horn section gets a workout on powerfully swinging instrumental takes of "Hit the Road Jack" and "Let’s Go Get Stoned." Scofield’s quivering solos show moderation yet convey the music’s R&B roots, even when he’s turning up the heat on a rousing Medeski, Martin and Wood -styled, acid laced "Sticks and Stones." Producer/drummer Steve Jordan finds the perfect vibe between jazz and R&B, and keeps the guest vocalists from stealing the spotlight. He provides the ideal framework for John Scofield’s fiery yet restrained playing and a fitting tribute to a jazz/R&B icon. --Hal Horowitz

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Busted
  2. What'd I Say
  3. Sticks And Stones
  4. I Don't Need No Doctor
  5. Cryin' Time
  6. I Can't Stop Loving You
  7. Hit The Road Jack
  8. Talkin' 'Bout You/I Got A Woman
  9. Unchain My Heart (Part 1)
  10. Let's Go Get Stoned
  11. Night Time Is The Right Time
  12. You Don't Know Me
  13. Georgia On My Mind


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0009299KQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By John Terry on June 22, 2005
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If it says John Scofield on it, I'll buy it. I have to admit to being skeptical though when I saw that this was a Ray Charles tribute record. First off, I was never much of a Ray Charles follower. I'm aware of his accomplishments and his talent as a performer, I simply never tried to get "into" him. Secondly, I wondered if a tribute album and a large supporting cast would get in the way of Sco's playing. Happily, this album is well worth your time and Sco sounds as good as ever. Also, any album that includes Dr. John, Warren Haynes and Mavis Staples is a guaranteed treat. Heck, John Mayer's making me wonder if he might be some kind of closet blues talent. If you're a fan of Mr. Scofield, you need this album. If you're a fan of of good soul, blues and rock and roll, you need this album. You may even need this album if you're a Ray Charles fan because this album is one classy tribute. Maybe I need to buy a Ray Charles album?
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Awesome. This album is very clean. It is a good soulful representation of Ray Charles, with its own flavorful taste. There is a proper balance between the traditional Ray Charles feel and Scofield's modern touch. John Scofield always manages to impress me. His wonderful guitar style successfully carries over into this CD. If you like John Scofield, I highly recommend his other albums like A Gogo, Up All Night, Enroute, and more. Its great, pure music that never gets old.
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This is not a typical guitar record. This a rendition of Ray Charles tunes done in a ultra tasteful way, with a smoking bass and drums section, and

Sco doing his signature funk licks. Willie Weeks shines. Highly recomended. Best Ray Charles tribute so far.
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John Scofield keeps the Spirit of Ray Charles alive&Well on this Disc. Heck this Album is way better than that Last Ray Charles to me.good Arrangements&Instrumentation.Mavis Staples&Dr John are on Point here.Brother Ray Would Be Proud of this Record.
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This is a definite must have record! Take a listen. From the first track "Busted", you will be sold! Ray would be groovin' to every track. I'm telling you...add this record to your collection NOW!
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I heard the beginning of "What I say" in my car on the way to work. I thought, "Hey Hey! How cool the Neville Brothers and Dr. John are doing some Ray Charles." Then I heard the guitar solo at the end and I luckily pulled into the office lot before wrecking.

"Who did the Nevilles hire to sound like flipping John Scofield?!?! Brilliant!!!"

When the dj declared it was from the new John Scofield album, I was glad that I had already parked because it absolutely flipped my lid. A whole disc of this stuff!! Yeah!!

This disc is a wonderful wonderful disc in every way. Joyful, soulfull. Cool! Even when we are through being cool, ha.

Jazz blues soul RnB, whatever. This is the fresh living sound of the great song and music that Ray Charles has gifted us with.

And Thank you John Scofield and Co for continuing to play these tunes with style, love, and spirit.
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I am a big JS fan, as a musician he is an incredible composer and also a great guitar player,The CD brings you an incredible horn arrangements, Larry Goldings a superb organ player and a very nice mix of artist from the pop, rhythm blues and gospel areas, also incredible solos from JS. I heard him twice live in Boston at Berklee College of Music when I was student , for all the tributes honoring the music of Ray Charles this is the best so far, don't miss this one
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I have always loved John's more straight-ahead jazz style and sounds. Ala EnRoute, Quiet, Pick Hits Live, ScLoHoFo, etc. John has a flair for going over-the-top in some of his records. Maybe a little too much distortion on the guitar, maybe a bit too "rocky" and not enough jazz. Sometimes swaying too far into fusion for my tastes.

That being said, I find this CD to be a standard mish-mosh and commercial attempt at covering Ray's tunes. I don't think he did this for commercial reasons, obviously he doesn't need to, but rather did it because he really wanted to.

And that's fine if you like this sort of thing. This CD will probably do quite well for him as it crosses over to some Ray Charles fans. But it's not for me.

If you like the CDs I mentioned above, make sure you give the track samples of this particular CD a good listen and see if it's what you're looking for.

Lastly, I'm not saying this CD is bad. No, in fact it's really quite impressive. But, if you're like me, and just went, "Wow! A new John Scofield CD" and blindly picked it up you might be a little dissapointed. I ended up trading my copy back in to the record store.

In conclusion, a wonderfully succesful commercial attempt at paying an honest tribute to Ray through song. I suspect the CD will appeal to crossover fans and some Scofield die-hards that feel he can do no wong. But if you're a straight-ahead, old-chool jazz fan who is looking for Scofield's twis on it, avoid this CD. or listen to someone else's before you plunk down your hard earned dollars.
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