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Tom Scott: Cannon-Reloaded: An All Star Celebration of Cannonball Adderley

Read "Cannon-Reloaded: An All Star Celebration of Cannonball Adderley" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Anyone who's ever listened to the canon jazz release, Kind of Blue (Columbia, 1959), knows that one of the sweetest sounds ever recorded was that of alto saxophonist, Julian “Cannonball" Adderley. Cannon-Reloaded is a fitting tribute to one of jazz's quiet giants, boasting an all-star lineup in celebration of the late saxophonist's music. Produced by drummer Gregg Field and Grammy winning saxophonist Tom Scott, (a prolific instrumentalist, arranger, and conductor) the recording boasts a varied mix of ...

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Tom Scott with Special Guest Phil Woods: Bebop United

Read "Bebop United" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

The unblemished record of Pittsburgh's Mancheaster Craftsmen's Guild as a venue for recording jazz albums continues with the this new recording from Tom Scott with special guest Phil Woods. Scott has amassed a lengthy discography which has reflected high energy fusion, pop-soul and smooth jazz over the past two decades. His earlier years, however, found him playing strongly as a member of the Don Ellis and Oliver Nelson Big Bands.

In 1992, Scott returned to the mainstream with Born Again, ...

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Tom Scott: Bebop United

Read "Bebop United" reviewed by Jim Santella

For Bebop United Tom Scott convened a a group of veterans for a straight-ahead live auditorium performance in Pittsburgh. His cohesive ensemble interprets each selection with a comfortable groove and a lot of soul. Featuring Phil Woods on three numbers, the concert brings slow ballads and up-tempo romps to its audience convincingly. Trumpeter Randy Brecker and tenor saxophonist Scott provide much of the dialogue, each bringing a warm presence to the concert.

For “His Eyes, Her Eyes, soloists ...

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Tom Scott: Bebop United

Read "Bebop United" reviewed by John Kelman

He's had a multifaceted career in almost every imaginable area of jazz--not to mention working as a gun for hire on albums by singer/songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Carole King. It's easy to forget that saxophonist Tom Scott actually started out as a jazz traditionalist. While his own albums have leaned more towards fusion and contemporary jazz, the early days of his career found Scott cutting his teeth on albums by Oliver Nelson, Don Ellis and Thelonious Monk.

So when ...

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Tom Scott & the L. A. Express: Smokin' Section

Read "Smokin' Section" reviewed by Dave Hughes

I am puzzled by the marketing of the new Tom Scott albumSmokin' Sectionas "Tom Scott & the L. A. Express," since there seems to be no identifiable group "feel" to this program, and the tunes were recorded with three different contingents of studio musicians. But this quibble aside, this is one of Scott's best albums in years. His traditional funky groove is present on several songs such as the opening title track (with Scott's trademark multi-sax-layered sound) and ...

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Tom Scott and the L.A. Express: Bluestreak

Read "Bluestreak" reviewed by Douglas Payne

In the 1970s, Tom Scott was pretty bankable stuff. In addition to countless pop, jazz and film sessions, he blew out one catchy little tune after another on his own albums and those with the L.A. Express. He littered the Columbia vaults with some good easy-listening pop-jazz in the '70s: Tom Cat , Blow it Out , New York Connection and (one of my faves as a teen) Street Beat. Trouble is, Scott's simple little tunes and simpleminded playing on ...

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Tom Scott: Bluestreak

Read "Bluestreak" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Tom ' Tom Cat ' Scott started his career serving his Hollywood studio masters and became one of the most sought after musical score composers. In 1967 he left USC school of music and recorded his first album ' Spirit feel ' with Roger Kellaway. In 1977 he was placed in four categories in the Down Beat poll for soprano, tenor, alto sax and lyricon, an instrument which he designed.

Tom worked as a studio arranger and performer on some ...


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