Moon Glow

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Afflicted as a child with Kallman's syndrome, a rare hormonal deficiency that stunted his growth and left him with a high-pitched and eerily androgynous voice, Jimmy Scott had a successful career as a jazz singer in the 1940s and 1950s, but then dropped from view until his rediscovery in the 1990s. At age 78, his voice can no longer be reasonably described as "pretty," but he is generally hailed as a song interpreter in a style somewhat similar to that of Billie Holiday or Mabel Mercer -- someone whose interpretive flair and deeply personal delivery transform the familiar songs that are his bread and butter. On Moon Glow, he picks up where he left off with "But ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Afflicted as a child with Kallman's syndrome, a rare hormonal deficiency that stunted his growth and left him with a high-pitched and eerily androgynous voice, Jimmy Scott had a successful career as a jazz singer in the 1940s and 1950s, but then dropped from view until his rediscovery in the 1990s. At age 78, his voice can no longer be reasonably described as "pretty," but he is generally hailed as a song interpreter in a style somewhat similar to that of Billie Holiday or Mabel Mercer -- someone whose interpretive flair and deeply personal delivery transform the familiar songs that are his bread and butter. On Moon Glow, he picks up where he left off with "But Beautiful," accompanied by a crack group of A-list session men including Eric Alexander, Hank Crawford, David "Fathead" Newman, and George Mraz on a program of pop and jazz standards. The album is a mixed success, however. His exquisitely heartfelt take on "How Long Has This Been Going On" is revelatory, and he brings a bittersweet loveliness to the Robin/Rainger composition "If I Should Lose You." His take on "Those Who Were," on which he is accompanied only by Larry Willis' piano, is effective but a bit too long and, in places, somewhat overwrought. Even more questionable is Scott's highly personal rendition of the Lennon/McCartney classic "Yesterday," and he ruins the delicate Duke Ellington song "Solitude" by oversinging. His new cadre of fans will likely see these as lovable idiosyncrasies rather than flaws, though. Recommended with reservations.
Downbeat
Scott’s mostly slow interpretations—often almost recompositions of this largely standard fare—are telling examples of the singer’s art.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2003
  • Label: Milestone
  • UPC: 025218933223
  • Catalog Number: 9332
  • Sales rank: 139,685

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Little Jimmy Scott Primary Artist, Vocals
Joe Beck Guitar
Hank Crawford Alto Saxophone
Renee Rosnes Piano
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Larry Willis Piano
Grady Tate Drums
Lewis Nash Drums
Eric Alexander Tenor Saxophone
Cyrus Chestnut Piano
Bob Kindred Tenor Saxophone
George Mraz Bass
David "Fathead" Newman Tenor Saxophone
Clarence Penn Drums
Michael Kanan Piano
Grégoire Maret Harmonica
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Frankie Laine Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Buddy Johnson Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Todd Barkan Producer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Composer
George Horn Mastering
Will Hudson Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Katherine Miller Engineer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Chip Stern Liner Notes
Carl Fischer Composer
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Harold Adamson Composer
Karen Tweedy Holmes Cover Photo
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