Over the Rainbow

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2001
  • Label: Milestone
  • UPC: 025218931427
  • Catalog Number: 9314
  • Sales rank: 179,314

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Little Jimmy Scott Primary Artist, Vocals
Joe Beck Acoustic Guitar, 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
George Horn Mastering
Katherine Miller Engineer
Robert Sadin Arranger
David Ritz Liner Notes
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Henry Nemo Composer
Michael Kanan Arranger
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