Shirley Scott

The Great Live Sessions

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Following her acclaimed partnership with tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis during the late '50s, organist Shirley Scott took her art to the next level when she teamed with tenor great Stanley Turrentine. Scott and Turrentine had chemistry. They shared an acute sense of dynamics and had an ability to create space for each other. The electrifying result is nowhere more apparent than on the lean, powerful soul-jazz of this set recorded in Newark, NJ, in 1964. Scott plays with a clean, driving, razor-sharp, single-note attack. She uses full-voiced chordal work sparingly. This makes the punch all the more potent and dramatic when she does unload with both hands. Turrentine, who was married to Scott at this time, phrases with authority and imagination. He is soulful, musical, and a great listener. Drummer Otis "Candy" Finch punctuates his straight-down-the-middle style with deft accents and use of color. Bassist Bob Cranshaw at times blends with Scott, playing notes that are more felt than heard. Elsewhere, his walking style contributes important textures to the overall sound. When this double LP came out in 1978, two sides had previously been unissued, and the other two had been released as the LP Queen of the Organ. Since then, nine of the ten tracks have been released on a CD also entitled Queen of the Organ. "Shirley's Shuffle" is the one track dropped due to space limitations. It must have been agonizing having to decide what to leave off this phenomenal date from one of the finest organ and tenor sax pairings ever.

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