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On this new collection of career-launching sides, Jimmy Scott primarily deals with two main issues: the fool and Fortune. While Scott was often made to play the former thanks to the development-stunting condition that the latter foisted upon him, he has enough conviction and strength (both vocally and otherwise) to deliver a star-making performance. From the opening horn punch of the collection’s title track, Scott is demanding attention be paid despite his diminutive size. This attention is rewarded with an emotive set of heart-felt selections that includes the plaintive "I Wish I Knew," the questioning "Alone with a Memory," the lingering "Do You Mind if I Hang Around" and the liberating "When You Surrender." Scott’s early signs of star quality were also noted by greats like Lionel Hampton, Stan Getz and Dr. Billy Taylor, all of whom lend their formidable talents to the new man-child on the block. Despite early and lingering obstacles, "Little" Jimmy Scott has turned himself into one of the biggest names in the world of jazz vocalism. And listening to these early recordings which have been thankfully rejuvenated for the digital age, it is not difficult to see why.
Track Listing: 1. Everybody's Somebody's Fool - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
2. I Wish I Knew - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
3. Please Give Me a Chance - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
4. I've Been a Fool (Thinking You Cared) - Lionel Hampton & His
5. Wheel of Fortune
6. Come What May
7. Say You Cry
8. When You Surrender
9. Alone With a Memory [#]
10. Do You Mind If I Hang Around? [#]
11. Something from a Fool
12. Why Was I Born?
13. Bluest Blues [#]
14. You Never Miss the Water (Till the Well Runs Dry)
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.