Editors’ Notes On his 37th (!) recording as a bandleader, guitar great John Scofield offers his arrangements of classic old-time gospel songs, plus a few of his own compositions inspired by the form. Joined by an outstanding band of New Orleans-based musicians — George Porter, Jr. on bass, Jon Cleary on keyboards and vocals, Ricky Fataar on drums, John Boutté on vocals, and Shannon Powell on percussion — they get a swinging, down-home bluesy feel throughout, and it sounds like all involved are having a grand time. Scofield’s approach to such chestnuts as “Motherless Child,” “Ninety Nine and a Half,” and “I’ll Fly Away” is reverential and tasteful, while on his own tunes, such as “It’s a Big Army,” he gets a bit grittier and funkier, with soaring guitar bends and trilling organ fills riding a muscular shuffle beat. Compared with much of his other work, whether with Miles Davis in the ‘70s or recent releases with Medeski, Martin & Wood, Piety Street is rather straightforward stuff for a jazz fusion pioneer and virtuoso like Scofield, but this album is clearly about passion and feel more than technical complexity. Amen to that.

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That's Enough
1
3:46
 
Motherless Child
2
5:24
 
It's a Big Army
3
5:32
 
His Eye Is On the Sparrow
4
4:15
 
Something's Got a Hold On Me
5
4:47
 
The Old Ship of Zion
6
4:26
 
Ninety Nine and a Half
7
4:08
 
Just a Little While to Stay Here
8
5:59
 
Never Turn Back
9
4:41
 
Walk With Me
10
5:11
 
But I Like the Message
11
3:29
 
The Angel of Death
12
6:43
 
I'll Fly Away
13
3:45
 
Save My Soul (Bonus Track)
14
5:13
 

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