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Scott Shirley Quintet: A Walkin’ Thing

Shirley Scott’s back on her beloved Hammond B3, and she couldn’t be better, walkin’ the dual keyboards as she has for the past 40 years. Her understated solos are commanding, unfettered by the rumbling roar of some organists as she interprets melody lines with the same selective subtlety of her recent piano issues.

Scott launches a driving rhythm for the Panamanian independence composition, “Carnival,” and later setting up a samba beat for “How Am I To Know?” She swings agilely on the title track, written almost 40 years ago by Benny Carter, delivers a soulful reading of “When a Man Loves a Woman” and is at her absolute peak on Irving Berlin’s beautiful “Remember.”

Terrell Stafford’s trumpet and Tim Warfield’s tenor duel and unite above Scott’s strong foundation, supported by bassist Arthur Harper and drummer Aaron Walker. Originals on the album are Scott’s ’70s-era chart for tenorman Harold Vick, “What Makes Harold Sing?,” Stafford’s boldly grooving “D.T. Blues” and Warfield’s solid shuffle tribute to Art Blakey, “Shades of Bu.”

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