Little Jimmy Scott

The Savoy Years and More

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The three-CD box set includes 66 songs, arranged in chronological order, opening with six tracks cut in 1952 and concluding with nine tunes recorded in Chicago in 1972. Charles Mingus and sax player Budd Johnson can be heard on Disc One, tracks 10-13, which include Scott's inspired version of "When Did You Leave Heaven." When it comes to interpreting a ballad, Scott takes hold of a lyric and fills it with light and space. Even when performing obscure material, he always seems to find his way to the center of the song. As a stylist, he's positively elegant, but he complements this with a certain edgy quality that comes from his singular interpretive gift. He's not a predictable singer; he'll surprise the listener with the choices he makes in terms of inflection and timing. Some of the best material featured on this box set includes "Someone to Watch Over Me," "I'm Through With Love," "Close Your Eyes," "After I'm Gone," "Never Peace of Mind," "When It Comes to Love" and "I'll Be Around."

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
02:49 SpotifyAmazon
2 02:35 SpotifyAmazon
3 02:35 SpotifyAmazon
4
02:58 SpotifyAmazon
5 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
6
02:29 SpotifyAmazon
7 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
8
02:35 SpotifyAmazon
9 02:19 SpotifyAmazon
10 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
11 02:29 SpotifyAmazon
12
02:33 SpotifyAmazon
13 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
14 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
15
02:17 SpotifyAmazon
16 02:07 SpotifyAmazon
17 02:17 SpotifyAmazon
18 02:33 SpotifyAmazon
19 02:24 SpotifyAmazon
20 02:25 SpotifyAmazon
21
02:41 SpotifyAmazon
22
03:12 SpotifyAmazon
23 03:09 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
02:19 SpotifyAmazon
2 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
3 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
4
02:39 SpotifyAmazon
5 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
6
02:42 SpotifyAmazon
7
02:39 SpotifyAmazon
8 02:07 SpotifyAmazon
9 02:30 SpotifyAmazon
10 02:31 SpotifyAmazon
11
02:43 SpotifyAmazon
12
01:43 SpotifyAmazon
13
02:23 SpotifyAmazon
14 02:19 SpotifyAmazon
15 03:32 SpotifyAmazon
16
02:20 SpotifyAmazon
17 02:25 SpotifyAmazon
18
02:26 SpotifyAmazon
19 02:12 SpotifyAmazon
20 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
21 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
22
02:40 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:06 SpotifyAmazon
2 02:37 SpotifyAmazon
3 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
4 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
5 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
6 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
7 02:34 SpotifyAmazon
8 02:30 SpotifyAmazon
9 05:08 SpotifyAmazon
10 03:59 SpotifyAmazon
11 05:14 SpotifyAmazon
12
04:13 SpotifyAmazon
13 04:17 SpotifyAmazon
14 04:56 SpotifyAmazon
15 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
16 04:23 SpotifyAmazon
17 04:28 SpotifyAmazon
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