On the heels of her excellent and most jazz-induced 2004 release, Nightcap, Marilyn Scott takes a step back and gives her growing group of fans a remarkable overview of her projection with a set of songs from her ten-year career. The queen of hazel-eyed soul leaves us with an entertaining sampler of her singing, interpretation and songwriting skills.
With George Duke at the helm of most of the songs, Scott has found the perfect partner to illuminate her sensitive yet assuring voice in its best light. She is able to be both haunting and rebuking on "You Don't Know What Love Is," as well as encouraging on Bacharach's "Let Me Be the One." Ranging from light hip-hop ("Starting to Fall") to full-bodied soul ("You Don't Know Me"), she is always clear, believable and vulnerable. She is even able to be quite street-wise on the Tom Waits-influenced "Get Home." While in the realm of pop and soul, she is able to cover a lot of territory.
The highlight of Handpicked, however, has to be the encouraging and inspiring "The Last Day," which is virtually guaranteed to re-evaluate any relationship you are in. That is what artists like Scott are best at, luring you in with the music to give you food for thought. Since there are no songs from Nightcap on Handpicked, it's a great way to get to know this tremendous talent.
Track Listing: Starting to Fall; You Don't Know Me; Look of Love; Close Enough; Get
Home; In Your Eyes; Understanding Love; Last Day; Loving You; I'm Calling You;
You Don't Know What Love Is; Smile; Give In; Don't Let Love Get Away; I Always
Think of You; Let Me Be the One.
Personnel: Marilyn Scott: vocals; George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Russell Ferrante: keyboards; Jimmy
Haslip: bass; Vinnie Colaiuta, Terri Lyne Carrington: drums; Everette Harp: alto saxophone.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.