Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds, Vol. 1

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Home to soul legends such as Patti Labelle, the O'Jays, and Teddy Pendergrass and hip-hoppers the Roots and Eve, Philadelphia has long been a crucible for urban music. The latest to emerge from this creative outpost is singer, songwriter, and poet Jill Scott, whose self-assured debut brings a fresh, young urban female perspective to modern soul music. Much like earthy songbirds Angie Stone and Erykah Badu who sang the memorable Scott-penned hook on the Roots' Grammy award-winning single "You Got Me", Scott embodies the neo-soul aesthetic, complete with her natural locks and syncopated delivery. On Who Is Jill Scott?, Scott's thoughtful and often raw prose floats atop the Fender Rhodes riffs, funky bass lines, and ...
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Home to soul legends such as Patti Labelle, the O'Jays, and Teddy Pendergrass and hip-hoppers the Roots and Eve, Philadelphia has long been a crucible for urban music. The latest to emerge from this creative outpost is singer, songwriter, and poet Jill Scott, whose self-assured debut brings a fresh, young urban female perspective to modern soul music. Much like earthy songbirds Angie Stone and Erykah Badu who sang the memorable Scott-penned hook on the Roots' Grammy award-winning single "You Got Me", Scott embodies the neo-soul aesthetic, complete with her natural locks and syncopated delivery. On Who Is Jill Scott?, Scott's thoughtful and often raw prose floats atop the Fender Rhodes riffs, funky bass lines, and romantic strings that permeate the album. While deeply entrenched in the R&B vein, Scott's vocal style carries a healthy dose of jazz inflections Roy Ayers' "No Stranger to Love" is sampled on the bass-heavy "Watching Me". A woman of many moods, Scott shows her softer side on the live-sounding, go-go inspired track "It's Love." And on "I Think It's Better" and "He Loves Me Lyzel In E Flat," Scott's imploring soprano echoes the quiet strength of Faith Evans, as her remembrances of a special loved one unfold. But on the bluesy first single "Gettin' in the Way," Scott proves that she's no joke when it comes to her man, with fightin' words like "You better back down before you get smacked down." After one listen to this brilliant debut, no self-respecting soul lover will wonder who Jill Scott is. She's a rare and honest talent. Marlynn Snyder
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Though start-up label Hidden Beach and its manufacturer/distributor Sony may have been hoping for another Lauryn Hill in this eloquent young African-American from a Middle Atlantic state, Jill Scott turns out to be something of a hip-hop Patti Smith, a street poet who, on her first album, hasn't quite made the transition from spoken word performances to music, despite an excellent singing voice. With any luck, she will retain her sense of the power of words, since the best parts of this album are the ones when she lets fly, drunk on her verbal virtuosity. Producer Jeff Townes of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince fame and his team of associates from the A Touch of Jazz production company set up sympathetic musical backgrounds for Scott that support her without requiring her to fit her spoken and sung excursions into strict meter. That gives her range to pursue her interests, which include a strong sense of her north Philadelphia neighborhood and such idiosyncratic concerns as food, with many meals listed in detail. But the album has a story to tell, and for the most part it is a love story. Scott describes a relationship from many different angles, including an encounter with her boyfriend's ex in a super market "Exclusively" and her warnings to that girl or some other to stay away "Gettin' in the Way". She also breaks painfully from an old boyfriend in favor of the new one "I Think It's Better", but mostly she celebrates the relationship "A Long Walk," "He Loves Me Lyzel in E Flat," "It's Love," "The Way". But with "Honey Molasses," things turn sour, and on "Love Rain" and "Slowly Surely," she frees herself, concluding that "One Is the Magic #" and toward the end of the album moving on to social concerns with "Watching Me" and "Brotha." This narrative structure gives Scott ample room to express a variety of emotions and to display her "verbal elation." Like many poets, she sometimes delights in a torrent of words for their own sake, but it's hard to fault her when the result is such a fully articulated world view. There is no existing slot in R&B/hip-hop into which this album fits, which only means a new one will have to be created. The CD marks a new complexity in the use of bonus and hidden tracks. After the 17th track, "Show Me," there are 26 four-second blank tracks, followed by a 44th track, the bonus song, "Try." One minute after this song ends, there is a hidden selection, an alternate version of "Love Rain" that features Mos Def.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/2000
  • Label: Hidden Beach
  • UPC: 074646213728
  • Catalog Number: 62137
  • Sales rank: 25,781

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jilltro (1:03)
  2. 2 Do You Remember (4:43)
  3. 3 Exclusively (2:05)
  4. 4 Gettin' in the Way (3:56)
  5. 5 A Long Walk (4:40)
  6. 6 I Think It's Better (1:42)
  7. 7 He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat) (4:45)
  8. 8 It's Love (5:54)
  9. 9 The Way (4:15)
  10. 10 Honey Molasses (2:41)
  11. 11 Love Rain (4:12)
  12. 12 The Roots (Interlude) (0:57)
  13. 13 Slowly Surely (4:35)
  14. 14 One Is the Magic # (3:49)
  15. 15 Watching Me (3:48)
  16. 16 Brotha (3:27)
  17. 17 Show Me (4:11)
  18. 18 [Untitled Track] (0:05)
  19. 19 [Untitled Track] (0:04)
  20. 20 [Untitled Track] (0:05)
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  42. 42 [Untitled Track] (0:05)
  43. 43 [Untitled Track] (0:05)
  44. 44 Try (10:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jill Scott Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Larry Gold Cello
James Poyser Keyboards
Ted Thomas Jr. Bass, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Jeff Townes Bass
Black Thought Vocals
Emma Kummrow Violin
Igor Szwec Violin
Gregory Teperman Violin
Mos Def Vocals
Andre Harris Percussion, Drums
Keith Pelzer Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Vidal Davis Drums
Jafar Barron Trumpet, Pocket Trumpet
Charles Parker Violin
Technical Credits
Larry Gold String Arrangements, String Conductor
Ed King Producer
Steve McKeever Executive Producer
James Poyser Producer
Jon Smeltz Engineer
Ted Thomas Jr. Producer
Jeff Townes Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Richard Nichols Producer
Andre Harris Producer
Keith Pelzer Producer, Engineer
Grand Wizards Producer
Jill Scott Vocal Arrangements
Vidal Davis Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is still one of my favorite CDs.

    It's poetic, with warm grooves and sweet lyrics. It talks about real life and love but stays away from the raunch that a lot of hip-hop albums get too far into.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this album is definetly going to be a classic!!!

    from the first track to the last track, i didn't have to skip any tracks, it was seriously off the hook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what a voice!

    This girl is refreshing to listen to all day long. She bring a whole new style to the industry. I'm hooked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A true fan!!

    I must say that out of all the albums I have this is my favorite. This cd is filled with so many emotions. There is a song for every mood. It's a must have!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jill is the epitome of Sexy

    Her soulful and sensual music touches the soul and grasps ones inner self. Her sexiness is uninhibited and very welcomed. I love this cd. It is up there with Billie Holiday on the legend factor. She simply is the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Her name is J-i-l-l S-c-o-t-t

    Every track on this album had my soul feeling refreshed. ''The best feelings in life are the ones we can't explain'' and listening to this CD (straight though without having to skip, might I add) brings a vibe of love to the listener's mind. It is clear that all aspects of Jill's life are expressed-not just the love theme. Overall, I am just glad Philly's own Jill Scott hit the mainstream to give us all a wake-up call on what real soul is before going through the media. A good listen for all R&B fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soulful Vocals

    It has been a long time since a singer has captured my ear & my soul. Jill Scott's voice moves me in every way. Her lyrics make my heart smile & my day easier. I play her CD nonstop, all the way through to the end & back to the begining. I never get enough. She's as real as it gets.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ease down and relax to the soulful/jazz-blues sound.

    Jill Scott is highly recomedable to all those souls who love the soulful sounds of music mixed with great poetry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    J-I-L-L S-C-O-T-T

    ''It's so hard for me to say this ... I'm struggling to find the right words.'' Jill Scott is refreshing ... She's what we've been lacking -- She's what we've all needed and finally found. Who else would be able to write a song about the man in her life and make us all jealous? With lyrics like ''You love me from my hair follicle to my toe nails, You got me feelin' like the breeze, Easy and free and lovely and me ...'' Some people talk about how they have never been in love before -- Well go out and get this CD and experience what love could be like if you had the right person in your life. With her jazzy notes and R&B Soul -- Jill Scott invites you to her world ... and you appreciate every minute of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must buy

    This is a very soulful and strong voice. Another fine artist from Philadelphia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jill Scott

    When you listen to Jill sing, you feel where she is coming from. Her music relates to our lives, whether you are from the hood or not. That ghetto love vibe saturates her melodies. Not only can she sing, she creates a scene in your mind that you can almost touch. Her songs don't get tired no matter how often you play them because they are not of this time, they are about our lives. Issues of love don't change but they way they are communicated can sometimes become warped by what the mainstream demands. Jill has stepped out of that ring and is singing from her heart. Allow her to sing to you and with you because she knows what you are feeling and what you wish you could really say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Album of the year

    Move over Sade, Jill Scott is the next sultry, sexy and jazzy voice of the year. This is an extraordinary album that has exquisite taste and style. Keep em comming Jill!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The girl is bad

    Her music is so refreshing, a little bit of jazz, hip hop, and r&b all rapped up in one. She is dynamic. The lyrics are hot. You go girl!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enticing

    Jill Scott is the best. Coming from a young teenager (13) who wants to hear real music instead of some of the garbage that's out now. She's wonderful to listen to and she is not like any other. She will be known because she has the talent and her witty attitude will scare everyone else off the charts. Boo Ya!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She's WHO you need to hear

    With depth far deeper than oceans, Jill Scott's cd affects you much like an addict is affected by a drug...it's PURELY ADDICTIVE! This Philly poet puts it down track after funky track! When people try to make comparisons between her and other artists, much like the ''All Music Guide'' guy did, that's a mistake to begin with. I guess there 'has' to be an alternative opinion placed out there, just for the sake of having one, but i'm not really sure WHO'S cd he was listening to. But I do agree with him on one point: Jill Scott CANNOT be 'classified' as an R&B artist, but not because of the reasons he stateed, but because she simply CANNOT be classified. She's created a category of her own. She is setting the standard for the next movment in spoken word and music as well. If you're not familiar w/ the spoken word scene, this is a definite 'easy on the ears and mind' way to familiarize yourself! Her talent shines throughout the cd, placing you in 'her mood'. The sista has control like that. It's one of those rare cd's you can rock while cleanin' the house, down the street in ya ride, on long road trips, and oh yes, ya gotta listen to it in the rain! The Diva stands on her own, and when you listen to her, you'll find out just who Jill Scott is. Ms Scott, much power and long life to your flow. light~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SISTER GIRL CAN SANG

    I PUT ON JILL'S CD AND WELL ALL I CAN SAY IS I LISTENED TO ALL OF THE TRACKS. (WITHOUT MISSING A BEAT!!!) I MUST SAY TO JILL ''GIRL WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN!!!??? YOU ARE LONG OVERDUE!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb

    This is the b-e-s-t that there is.. Words can't even begin to describe how much I love all of the tracks. I happened upon her by word of mouth and I havent regretted it yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Off - the - Chain

    This lady can cold put down some lyrics. I can't even begin to choose a favorite track. Buy it...and you will agree, this is the hottest R&B release of 2000.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soothing Jazz, Soul w/ some upbeat head-bobbin'

    Jill Scott's CD is absolutely awesome. ''Getting in the way'' is Not her best song by far... Her enticing ''Better'' leading into ''He loves me'' in E-flat shows that she is definitely in a league of her own. She has TRUE talent. Her music isn't 'mainstrean'--it's on a whole different level. I am forever a Jill Scott fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Grammy winner for Best New Artist is Jill Scott!!

    If this woman is not on the list as a nominee for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards next year, someone needs to have their hearing checked! Jill Scott is a talented singer, writer, and poet. Heard the song ''Gettin' in the Way'' and loved it. But still hadn't purchased the album. But after seeing her perform live on BET, I HAD to get the album. This is an artist who doesn't need choreography or special effects. The magic is in the music - she enjoys the art form and it shows on her album and in her performances. Favorites: Exclusively, Gettin' in the Way (song and video), A Long Walk, He Loves Me, Love Rain, The Way, Honey Molasses...oh forget it...all of them!!

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