Shirley Scott

Hip Twist

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By late 1961, the Twist was all the rage, but casual consumers were probably a little put out when they had a listen to Shirley Scott's Hip Twist; it's impossible to imagine anyone gyrating to the slinky soul of the Stanley Turrentine-penned title track, which was probably the point. It's hip, dig? Actually, Hip Twist is exceedingly hip, with its glorious bop-influenced tenor sax work by Turrentine (Scott's husband) and Scott's own gospel-inspired but hardly churchbound Hammond organ work. In fact, Hip Twist is probably a better album than its companion, Hip Soul; Turrentine's originals make up more of the album, and they're unfailingly great, with the aptly titled "Violent Blues" showing a more aggressive side to his usual fluid style. Bassist George Tucker and drummer Otis Finch hold down the bottom without drawing too much attention to themselves, and honestly, a flashier rhythm section (say, Sam Jones and Philly Joe Jones) probably would give the songs even more of a kick in the pants. However, Hip Twist, like nearly all of the Shirley Scott and Stanley Turrentine albums, is an underappreciated gem.

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