Marilyn Scott, vocals; various musicians including George Duke and Russell Ferrante, keyboards; Jimmy Haslip, bass; Ray Fuller, guitar; Everette Harp, alto saxophone; Vinnie Colaiuta, drums; Brian Bromberg, acoustic bass; Brandon Fields, saxophone; Dan Higgins, flute and saxophone; Rick Baptist, trumpet
This CD is a retrospective compilation of key tracks from Marilyn Scott's eight previous recordings. George Duke produced two of those efforts. This Southern Californian vocalist assembled a group of experienced players on these recordings.
Scott's alluring vocal style provides a warm sensitivity to the love ballads on this CD. The opening cut of "Starting to Fall in Love" is a fluid vocal exercise with lightly swinging melody.
On "You Don't Know Me," Scott demonstrates a clarity of phrasing and control that is refreshing. Her rendering on "You Don't Know What Love Is" is seductively engaging.
"Don't Let Love Get Away" features beautiful background vocals on this plaintive pleading. Scott shapes the ending track of "Let Me Be the One" with sultry emotion.
This CD, comprising sixteen, tracks is a love testament dripping with intimacy. Scott has a lush voice and plumbs the depths in her Jazz-influenced interpretations. For ballad lovers, this CD will be a delight.
by Dorothy L. Hill
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