Hazel Scott originally found fame as a very fluent pianist in the early 1940s who swung classical themes. She was less active during the years when she was married to Adam Clayton Powell, but in 1980 (one year before her death) she recorded two final albums in one day. This particular LP features Scott in a trio with bassist George Duvivier and drummer Oliver Jackson, performing six instrumentals: three swinging originals, "After Hours," "Nancy With the Laughing Face," and "St. Louis Blues." Although under recognized as a jazz pianist, Hazel Scott shows that late in life she was still very much in her musical prime, digging into the material and swinging hard. This rarity is well worth picking up.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow