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Rusty Scott Organ Group: Cambridge, February 9, 2011

By Published: March 3, 2011
Reflecting on the drummer's sound, Scott states "The thing about Harold is, if you listen to modern drummers, they sound great, but there is definitely something that is lost in translation, I think. No matter how hard you try to get it, there is a thing he has in his playing that is very difficult to get these days. He was out paying every night back then. He has a kind of thing, that warm groove, it's a big phat groove, and it's amazing. You play with him and instantly you get this big smile on your face because what he's playing is the groove. Billy Higgins
Billy Higgins
Billy Higgins
1936 - 2001
drums
, Philly Joe Jones
Philly Joe Jones
Philly Joe Jones
1923 - 1985
drums
, Ben Reilly, guys that really have that warmth, big fuzzy balls of lovin' in their playing and I Just don't hear that in many guys. Harold has something you can't go to the store and buy. He's a very organic player. When he hits the kit hard, it never sounds loud to you. It's this overall feel and vibe you can get. It's that sound and the way he hears the music."

As Brophy returned to the drum kit, the band broke into "Who Knew?," a fast-paced tune that Mayer based on the changes to the standard "I Know that You Know." The set was rounded out by Lou Brown's "The Thrill Is Gone"—a rendition so dirty and funky it could make a room smell like sex—and Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
1925 - 1968
guitar
's "Trick Bag."

Scott is a mainstay in the Boston area, who can typically be found around town in piano formats. He describes his piano style as rooted in bebop, influenced by the Detroit sounds, and drawing from the Bud Powell
Bud Powell
Bud Powell
1924 - 1966
piano
lineage. Scott performs weekly at Redline in Cambridge, Massachusetts; his band has an upcoming performance at Chianti's in Beverly, Massachusetts; and he will be sitting in for a New York performance with Brian O'Neal
Brian O'Neal
Brian O'Neal
b.1965
keyboard
} in March.


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