"Let us remain in the Big Easy with Dr. John who pays homage to Louis Armstrong. The singer-pianist chooses blues, rock & roll and jazz funk to greet Satchmo. If he travels with difficulty to the piano, his energy and song do not feel the weight of the years. The voice, always a little nasal and well lived-in, tells with so much veracity the songs and the topics of Armstrong that one is quickly submerged. On the piano he deposits some gris gris (skull, horns, snake skins), driving out the bad spirits and, semi merry, semi disillusioned, he makes the topics under his fingers shine (“You Rascal You”, “Motherless Child”,“Mack The Knife”,…).
"Sarah Morrow (trombone) is orchestra conductor of an effective band in which one finds Bart Maris (trumpet), the interventions of this last are exemplary (“Wonderful World” & “Memories Of You”). But it is also necessary to underline the excellent service of Cécile McLorin Salvant (omnipresent in this festival for our greater happiness) on “When You Smilin’” and those of Jamie Kime (guitar) and Benjamin Herman (alto sax). “Such A Night” punctuates this excellent concert full of ardor and emotion, which gives as much desire for dipping back in the discography of Satchmo as into that of this other incredible legend that is Dr. John."
Jazzques Review of Jazz Middelheim Spirit of Satch Show
Photo: Bruno Bollaert