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Jimmy Scott: Over The Rainbow

Jimmy Scott’s unhurried phrasing expresses the true meaning of a song’s lyrics unlike no one else in jazz. On this spellbinding disc, Scott’s soulful, expressive style gives new luster to 12 standards.

Smith performs such gems as “All or Nothing at All,” “Strange Fruit,” “Don’t Take Your Love from Me” and others, and an array of top-notch musicians take Over the Rainbow over the top. Scott’s main rhythm team features pianist Larry Willis, bassist George Mraz and drummer Grady Tate, with pianist Michael Kanan subbing on two tracks and drummer Clarence Penn on one. Sensitively mixing it up with Scott and the rhythm players in varied settings, from duo to sextet, are tenor saxophonists Bob Kindred or David “Fathead” Newman, alto saxophonist Justin Robinson, guitarist Joe Beck, vibist Joe Locke and harmonica player Gregoire Maret.

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