Dr. John’s duet with Bonnie Raitt added to the BBC Radio 2 playlist
Dr John’s duet of ‘I’ve Got The World On A String’ with Bonnie Raitt has been added to the latest BBC Radio 2 Playlist, the song is taken from Dr. John’s upcoming album ‘Ske-Dat-De-Dat The Spirit of Satch’ which is released on the 1st September.
The new album pays heartfelt tribute to another larger-than-life New Orleans legend: the seminal trumpeter and vocalist Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, whose musical innovations created the template for 20th-century jazz, and whose playful attitude and life-embracing spirit made him a beloved figure whose worldwide appeal transcended music.
The album honours Armstrong’s musical genius as well as his effervescent personality with 13 classic numbers drawn from various phases of Armstrong’s five-decade career, with Dr. John joined by a stellar supporting cast that manages to update the material while maintaining the music’s timeless emotional appeal.
The subtitle The Spirit of Satch is particularly appropriate given the album’s birth cycle, which Dr. John says was set into motion when the late Armstrong – whom he’d only met once during his lifetime, in the office of their mutual manager Joe Glaser – came to him in a dream. Prior to making the album, Dr. John honoured Satchmo on stage, presenting rapturously received tribute concerts, dubbed “Props to Pops,” at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2012 and at the Hollywood Bowl in July 2013.