Over the Rainbow

Over the Rainbow

by Little Jimmy Scott
     
 

With a voice as fraught with fragility as it is with expressiveness, Jimmy Scott essays 12 seemingly tailor-made standards on Over the Rainbow. Now in the seventh decade of a career that has seen dramatic ups and downs, Scott is also in the midst of an artistic renaissance that finds him sounding assured and enthusiastic. The supporting jazz musicians --…  See more details below

Overview

With a voice as fraught with fragility as it is with expressiveness, Jimmy Scott essays 12 seemingly tailor-made standards on Over the Rainbow. Now in the seventh decade of a career that has seen dramatic ups and downs, Scott is also in the midst of an artistic renaissance that finds him sounding assured and enthusiastic. The supporting jazz musicians -- including saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman, guitarist Joe Beck, and drummer Grady Tate -- and consistently splendid material (“All or Nothing at All,” “Everybody's Somebody’s Fool,” “Just Friends”) fit the veteran singer to a tee. Scott even gives his signature tune, “When Did You Leave Heaven?,” another shot in a heartrendingly beautiful rendition. It also takes a confident singer to approach Billie Holiday’s classic “Strange Fruit.” That Scott pulls it off with a poignancy all his own is unsurprising -- he’s as affecting a singer as we’ve got.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
There have been few 75-year-old vocalists working in any popular music style that sounded as good as Scott did on this session from late 2000, aided by contributions from top players like Joe Beck (guitar) and Grady Tate (drums). Scott loves those sentimental songs, and this set is full of standards in that vein, from the title track and "Pennies From Heaven" to "P.S. I Love You" (the Jenkins-Mercer composition, not the Beatles song) and "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)." For the most part the arrangements are appropriately small-scale, letting Scott's voice hog the foreground and squeeze plenty of nuances from his sad vibrato. "Over the Rainbow" itself suffers from an excessive wash of vibes, but fortunately that's not typical of most of the set, which just does toe the right side of gushing emotion. It is a refreshing change of pace, though, when a trace of somber darkness is introduced on the foreboding, doomy arrangement of "Strange Fruit," which benefits from a guest shot by David "Fathead" Newman on tenor sax.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2001
Label:
Milestone
UPC:
0025218931427
catalogNumber:
9314
Rank:
263731

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Performance Credits

Little Jimmy Scott   Primary Artist,Vocals
Joe Beck   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Larry Willis   Piano
Grady Tate   Drums
Justin Robinson   Alto Saxophone
Bob Kindred   Tenor Saxophone
George Mraz   Bass,Acoustic Bass
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone
Clarence Penn   Drums
Joe Locke   Vibes
Michael Kanan   Piano
Grégoire Maret   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Joe Beck   Arranger
Little Jimmy Scott   Arranger
Larry Willis   Arranger
Todd Barkan   Producer
Katherine Miller   Engineer
Robert Sadin   Arranger
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Henry Nemo   Composer
Michael Kanan   Arranger

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