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.
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)
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!
Get more of a good thing
Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.