JOHN SCOFIELD’s “Piety Street”
Guitar great Scofield has built his long and illustrious career playing jazz with such legends as Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Charlie Mingus. In more recent years, he’s thrown his hat into the jam-band scene, firing up his fret-work with such ensembles as Phil Lesh & Friends, MM&W and Deep Banana Blackout. This time around, though, Scofield offers something completely different. Blurring the boundaries between Saturday night blues and Sunday morning gospel, Scofield goes to New Orleans, and puts his own unique touch on a collection of sacred songs (“His Eye Is On the Sparrow,” “Motherless Child,” “I’ll Fly Away”). Wisely, he’s surrounded himself with a stellar crew of Crescent City stalwarts, including keyboardist-vocalist Jon Cleary, bass master George Porter, Jr. and gifted vocalist John Boutte, and the results ring deep and true.