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Mansur Scott: Great Voices of Harlem

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Those of us who know better laughed, snickered, recently, when we read that Harlem-based vocalist extraordinaire Mansur Scott was a “rising star." We will agree that he is definitely a “star" because he always shines when he sings. His first album, Sometimes Forgotten Sometimes Remembered (Pao Records, 2010), was excellent and caught the attention of a great deal of music lovers. His latest recording, Great Voices Of Harlem (Pao Records) includes two other singers, Gregory Porter and Donald Smith, who shine, too. Porter, he of the velvety-heavily- church influenced chops, who is one of hottest acts ...

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Gregory Porter/Donald Smith/Mansur Scott: Great Voices Of Harlem

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Harlem has long been known as an incubator for talent, birthing and/or nurturing some of the all-time greats in music, literature, and art. Nearly a century separates the dawning of the famed Harlem Renaissance and the creation of this album, but Great Voices Of Harlem serves as undeniable proof that this large neighborhood at the north end of Manhattan still holds artistic treasures within its borders. Great Voices Of Harlem, in some respects, isn't just a nod to three great talents that were honed and developed in Harlem; it's a recorded microcosm of the vocal jazz scene ...

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Gregory Porter, Donald Smith, Mansur Scott: Great Voices Of Harlem

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Great Voices Of Harlem showcases the vocal talents of three most fascinating jazz singers--Gregory Porter, Donald Smith and Mansur Scott. Ably supported by Paul Zauner's Blue Brass, the vocalists put their very individual stamps on some classic songs. The result is a stylish, classy, recording. Scott gets the lion's share of credits, with appearances on seven tracks to Smith and Porter's four apiece (all three share vocals on Horace Silver's “Peace"). Porter, a Grammy-winning international star, is the name likely to attract the most attention for this release. Smith--the brother of Lonnie Liston Smith--and Scott have been around ...

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Mansur Scott Harlem Quartet: Sometimes Forgotten, Sometimes Remembered

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Male jazz singers are a rare breed and most fashion themselves after the quintessential crooner Frank Sinatra. It is, therefore, intriguing to discover one with as singular, bold and blues-based as Mansur Scott. His intimate and intensely personal Sometimes Forgotten, Sometimes Remembered was released after a brush with death due to a heart attack and stroke, and is an affirmative celebration of life, with a strong spiritual and mystical bent.“Nature Boy," opens with bassist Wayne Batchelor's atmospheric, reverberating lines. Scott's shakers usher in the main melody of this standard with deference, his saxophone-like vocal acrobatics soaring over pianist ...



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