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Album Review

This 16-track retrospective covers ten years of jazz/pop singer/songwriter Marilyn Scott's career, from her first solo recordings in the early '90s to 2001. You'll probably find this album in the jazz section, and there are a few standards on the program, but the bulk of her repertoire is original and her sound is very definitely modern, in an R&B/smooth jazz vein. The tracks gathered here include collaborations with George Duke and the Yellowjackets' Jimmy Haslip, and several songs were co-written with Brenda Russell. The selections don't follow much of a narrative arc — you don't really get the sense of an artist growing and developing in any particular direction. Instead, Scott explores various avenues of musical expression, from quiet storm-flavored ballads like "The Look of Love" to the slightly awkward soul-funk of "Get Home" and modern reinterpretations of jazz classics like "You Don't Know What Love Is." Her cover of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" is technically impressive, but ultimately too imitative of the original to be very interesting. In general, though, this is a handy and attractive overview of what has been, so far, an impressive career.

Customer Reviews

One of my favorites!

I am a sucker for a good cover song and I am a closet jazz fan so this album gave me both in spades. Marilyn's voice is smooth as glass and her renditions of "In Your Eyes" and "You Don't Know Me" are lovely and perfect for her. These are clearly Marilyn's best songs and great choices for this record. I am a new fan to her music, but I'm glad I finally found her.

I would "Handpick" this album

I would handpick this album for anyone who loves great jazz. This album displays 16 of the best. I loved this album. With 16 great tracks, how can you not love it? Marilyn's voice is soo smooth and she continues to deliver time and time again. Check out Smile... it will make you do ..just that!

If I could legally marry a voice, it might be Marilyn's

GREAT collection of songs here. I was impressed with all these tracks, but the ones that stood out for me were Starting to Fall, You Don't Know What Love Is, and In Your Eyes (although I will admit I have an unhealthy obsession with Peter Gabriel covers). It's great to hear some of her earlier work, and I like the variety of directions she's taken (Get Home being the strangest, but the more I listen to it, the more I like it).

Biography

Born: December 21, 1949 in Arcadia, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Born and raised in southern California, vocalist Marilyn Scott counts among her earliest influences singers like Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Gladys Knight, Janis Joplin, Etta James and Sam Cooke. She began performing in local clubs and school functions when she was 15. She moved to San Francisco to attend college on an art scholarship, and fronted Top 40 and Latin-jazz bands around the San Francisco Bay area. Among the many friends she made was Emilio Castillo of Tower of Power, who recognized...
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