The recording history of Little Jimmy Scott is peppered with long hiatuses from the studio. He was absent for a period of seven years from 1962 to 1969 and then for more than 15 years from 1975 to 1990. Bordering on singing in the range of a counter tenor, Scott brings a distinctive, immediately recognizable sound and sensitivity to material he sings. It is hard to find any other vocalist, other than Billie Holiday, who matches Scott's depth of emotion that he applies to the classic standards he favors. All the Way was recorded more than 40 years after Scott made his first album for Roost. Over those years, even with his long absences, he has been able to command the services of top of the line musicians. He is one of those rare vocalists that jazz musicians like to be on the stage or in the studio with. And this album is no exception, featuring an all-star lineup that includes Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, and Grady Tate on rhythm. David "Fathead" Newman's soulful sax on such cuts as "All the Way" compliments Scott's delivery perfectly. Like Scott, Newman leaves abundant room between the measures to allow the song to breathe, the listeners to gain the full flavor of what he has played and to anticipate what's to follow in a second or two. On such tunes as "Angel Eyes" and "At Last," Scott's delivery goes beyond mere poignancy, and moves close to reverence, such respect he has for the classics he has put in the song list. This is good stuff. Strings magically appear on some tracks. But they are done tastefully and don't get in the way. Jimmy McDonough's knowledgeable highlights of Scott's career are a welcome added attraction.
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Performance CreditsLittle Jimmy Scott Primary Artist,Vocals
Ron Carter Bass
Grady Tate Drums
Kenny Barron Piano
David "Fathead" Newman Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John Pisano Guitar
Technical CreditsJohn Clayton Arranger
Tommy LiPuma Producer
Johnny Mandel Arranger
Joe McEwen Executive Producer
Dale Oehler Arranger
Dave Reitzas Engineer
Bill Bentley Executive Producer
Seymour Stein Executive Producer
JoDee Stringham Art Direction
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All the Way based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is how any lyricist would want his or her song to be sung. The unique Jimmy Scott makes great songs fresh and often stunning. My reaction to these cuts: "So THAT'S what that great old song is saying!" And the musicians with him are top notch. As many great recordings there are of AT Last, this one goes to the top of my list.