Shirley Scott

Hip Soul

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In all but name, 1961's Hip Soul is a duet album between organist Shirley Scott and her new husband, Stanley Turrentine (playing under the name Stan Turner to avoid contract issues), whose excellent bop tenor dominates the entire album to the extent that sometimes Scott seems like a sideman on her own date. However, when she lets off with a characteristically joyous solo like the one at the heart of the standard "By Myself," Scott's immense charms are obvious. An underappreciated master of the Hammond organ, Scott is one of the few players of her generation who declined to simply ape Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith, or Jack McDuff (although she does cop to a clear Smith influence on the funky walking groove of the title track) in favor of creating her own distinctive sound. Highlights on this session include Turrentine's Brubeck-influenced "Stanley's Time" (with some of the couple's fiercest playing) and a meditative 11-minute take on Harold Arlen's ballad "Out of This World" that sounds like they'd been listening intently to Kind of Blue.

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