All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

6

Marilyn Scott: Standard Blue

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Vocalist Marilyn Scott is not a new name in music. She has released 14 recording since the late 1980s, including the present Standard Blue. It is odd, then, that she has had so little coverage in these pages. George Harris wrote a revealing piece on her 2006 release, Handpicked (Prana Entertainment), but that is about it. A versatile artist, Scott has been able to exist, multidimensionally, across multiple genre, which has proven to be her charm. She does something very effective and special on Standard Blue, including the bulk of the original Yellowjackets plus Ambrose Akinmusire in doing so.

Joined by keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip, guitarist Michael Landau ,and winds player Bob Mintzer (who plays solely bass clarinet here), the core of the Yellowjackets is well represented, bringing with them a contemporary mindset honed to a fine artistic edge. Ferrante handles the arrangement duties, with Mintzer adding his horn arrangement to the sleekly stylized, "Speak Low." Which brings us to what is special, even exceptional, about this recording. Scott addresses nine standards and one original cast very differently from most "standards" recordings.

Ferrante is very forward thinking, putting the contemporary spin he was famous for with the Yellowjackets to work here. Spatial and clever, Ferrante's arrangements incorporate cross-rhythms and time signatures in provocative and delightful ways. "Willow Weep for Me" is airy and ethereal with plenty of space. Scotts voice is certain and assured throughout the recording. Outstanding instrumentally was guitarist Landau, whose solo on the Strayhorn/Ellington "Day Dream" (composed in 1941!) is a revelation in translation. The most effective updating of a tune is the Starwars spin the group puts on Fats Waller's 1937 "The Joint is Jumpin.'"

Track Listing: Willow Weep for Me; Speak Low; A Flower is a Lovesome Thing; Never Let Me Go; Day Dream; Blue Prelude; I Wouldn’t Change It; East of the Sun; I’ve Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good; The Joint is Jumpin’

Personnel: Marilyn Scott: vocals; Gary Novak: drums; Michael Landau: guitar; Russell Ferrante: keyboards; Jimmy Haslip: bass; Bob Mintzer: bass clarinet; Ambrose Akinmusire: trumpet. Produced by Jimmy Haslip, Erik Zobler and Marilyn Scott

Title: Standard Blue | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Prana Entertainment

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Every Time We Say Goodbye

Every Time We Say Goodbye

Marilyn Scott
Every Time We Say Goodbye

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Standard Blue

Standard Blue

Prana Entertainment
2017

buy
Get Christmas Started!

Get Christmas Started!

Prana Entertainment
2014

buy
Every Time We Say Goodbye

Every Time We Say...

Venus Records
2008

buy
Innocent Of Nothing

Innocent Of Nothing

Prana Entertainment
2006

buy
Handpicked

Handpicked

Prana Entertainment
2006

buy
Handpicked

Handpicked

Prana Entertainment
2005

buy

Related Articles

Read Always Forward CD/LP/Track Review
Always Forward
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 15, 2018
Read The Music of Richard Whiting CD/LP/Track Review
The Music of Richard Whiting
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 15, 2018
Read Barefoot Dances and Other Visions CD/LP/Track Review
Barefoot Dances and Other Visions
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 15, 2018
Read Twinscapes Vol. 2: A Modern Approach To The Dancefloor CD/LP/Track Review
Twinscapes Vol. 2: A Modern Approach To The Dancefloor
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 15, 2018
Read Talking with Charlie - An Imaginary Talk with Charlie Parker CD/LP/Track Review
Talking with Charlie - An Imaginary Talk with Charlie Parker
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 15, 2018
Read The Gene Krupa Quartet: Live 1966! CD/LP/Track Review
The Gene Krupa Quartet: Live 1966!
by Richard J Salvucci
Published: November 15, 2018
Read "Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery
by Jack Bowers
Published: January 5, 2018
Read "Begin the Agora" CD/LP/Track Review Begin the Agora
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 17, 2018
Read "The Child in Me" CD/LP/Track Review The Child in Me
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: November 23, 2017
Read "Bright Yellow with Bass" CD/LP/Track Review Bright Yellow with Bass
by John Sharpe
Published: December 2, 2017
Read "Live At The Magic Triangle" CD/LP/Track Review Live At The Magic Triangle
by John Sharpe
Published: January 13, 2018
Read "The View from Here" CD/LP/Track Review The View from Here
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: May 12, 2018