Cynthia Scott has the type of voice that invites you to sit back and relax as she tells you some of her favorite musical stories on Live in Japan -- Boom Boom. Accompanied by the Norman Simmons Trio, Cynthia Scott allows her listeners to relive the concert at their leisure, but at the same time you actually feel her warmth and the excitement of really being there. She sings nine great songs from the Great American Songbooks of Arlen, Mercer, and Gershwin, but ends the CD with a blues called "Down Home Blues" to round out the concert and add depth to her repertoire. The group is in the pocket throughout the set -- grooving from the downbeat on "I've Got the World on a String." Her arrangement of "I Want to Be Happy" is a superb rendition, with her weaving in and out of a waltz and swing. Scott's alto is reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan at times. But when one compares this CD to the previously Grammy-nominated A la Carte, listeners will now hear her amazing musical growth and her ability to finesse a ballad with the same lovely nuances used by such great vocalists as Lena Horne or Carmen McRae. Great soul and great swing round out this superb offering.
AllMusic Review by Paula Edelstein