Shirley Scott

Great Scott! [1958]

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Scott's first album as a bandleader put her at the head of a trio, backed by the rhythm section of George Duvivier on bass and Arthur Edgehill on drums. While she'd already established herself as an organist of note in Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis' band, Great Scott! was her first out-front contribution to popularizing the organ in a jazz format that also drew on parts of blues and soul music. She displays admirable command of the instrument's swoops and funky glows here, mixing up hard-charging uptempo numbers, ballads, Latin-influenced tunes ("Brazil" and "Nothing Ever Changes My Love for You"), and bluesy walking beats (as on her cover of Cole Porter's "All of You"). It's too bad that just one song is a Scott original, though, as that track, "The Scott," really bops along, with some of her most exuberant slides and forceful chording. Everything from the album is on the single-CD reissue compilation Trio Classics, Vol. 1, which also includes all of the tracks from her follow-up album, Shirley's Sounds, recorded at the same 1958 session.

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