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Published: 2009/01/29

John Scofield Recruits Porter, Cleary and Friends for New Album

John Scofield will release Piety Street, his 36th solo album, on March 31. For this release, Scofield will be backed by a number of storied musicians, including Jon Cleary (piano, keyboards and vocals), George Porter Jr. (bass), Ricky Fataar (drums), John Boutt (vocals) and Shannon Powell (percussion). Like his recent performances with the Piety Street Band, the album finds Scofield focusing on a selection of blues and gospel-based songs.

I’ve always wanted to record and tour a blues project, Scofield said in a statement. Thats 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.
Track highlights include covers of Dorothy Love Coates That’s Enough, Thomas A. Dorseys Never Turn Back and Old Ship Of Zion, Rev. James Clevelands
Something’s Got A Hold On Me and the traditional Sometimes I feel Like A Motherless Child. Scofield will kick off a tour with Cleary, Fataar and Porter at Portland, MEs Port City Music Hall on April 2.

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