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Shirley Scott: Trio Classics, Vol. 1

Read "Trio Classics, Vol. 1" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Over the past several years Fantasy has made great strides in returning portions of the classic Shirley Scott catalog to print. Their assiduous attention illustrates both the quality of Scott’s reservoir of recordings and its depth. This latest two-fer package collects a pair of albums that originate from the same single-day 1958 Rudy Van Gelder session. Conveniently enough Great Scott! and Shirley’s Sounds represent the organist’s debut and sophomore efforts for the Prestige label respectively, and easy places to get ...

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Shirley Scott: Trio Classics, Volume 1

Read "Trio Classics, Volume 1" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Trio Classics, Volume 1 is the latest of Fantasy Records' twofer releases, and what a fine one it is. Under the auspices of an organ jazz trio (organ-bass-drums), the divine Ms. Shirley Scott is restored to digital in a sensible and intelligent manner. Trio Classics is comprised of two Scott LP recordings: Great Scott (Prestige 7143) and Shirley’s Sounds (Prestige 7195). These two original recordings were culled from a single recording session that took place at Rudy Van Gelder’s Hackensack ...

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Shirley Scott: Like Cozy

Read "Like Cozy" reviewed by Derek Taylor

In the ranks of unsung organists Shirley Scott has to be among the most overlooked. A veteran of countless Prestige studio gigs and an indispensable creative cog in the Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis organ combo of the late 1950s her role in popularizing and broadening her instrument’s appeal is difficult to overstate. Yet she’s rarely named among the roll call of her male peers like Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff and so many others. The reasons behind the disparity are ...

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Shirley Scott: Soul Sister

Read "Soul Sister" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Like the larger Jazz universe of which it was a part, the soul jazz scene of the 60s was a male-dominated musical milieu. Any female presence was often confined to a vocalist’s role. Shirley Scott was one of the few instrumentalists who broke through these circumscribed boundaries and thrived as both a popular and technically accomplished organist. But rather than harp on her transcendence of the gender politics that still plague Jazz today perhaps it’s better to focus on what ...

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Shirley Scott: Legends of Acid Jazz: Shirley Scott

Read "Legends of Acid Jazz: Shirley Scott" reviewed by Douglas Payne

Philly organist Shirley Scott and Pittsburgh tenor great Stanley Turrentine recorded one dozen times together between 1961 and1969 for the Prestige, Blue Note, Impulse and Atlantic labels. They were married to each other about the same time too. Legends of Acid Jazz: Shirley Scott combines two sessions from 1961: their very first together, Hip Shout, and their third, Hip Twist (Turrentine's Dearly Beloved, on which the organist was billed “Little Miss Cott," was their second).

Both these sessions are typical ...


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