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Moon Glow
     

Moon Glow

by Little Jimmy Scott
 
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,

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Downbeat
Scott’s mostly slow interpretations—often almost recompositions of this largely standard fare—are telling examples of the singer’s art.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2003
Label:
Milestone
UPC:
0025218933223
catalogNumber:
9332
Rank:
85160

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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
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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