Jimmy Scott, this superlative singer is an unsung American Master. His distinctive voice--high and crystalline--is freighted with emotion unlike any singer I have heard. Many of us are lazy listeners of lyrics, but Mr. Scott's evocative interpretations of American popular ballads so engross the listener that he has us hanging on to every word. His renderings are invested with a longing and a melancholy of a life lived on the hard side. It is true that Mr. Scott is an emotive singer, but he is also a singer of high sophistication. I first came across Jimmy Scott when he was appearing at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. The reviews were glowing, but what struck me was that here was this artist with a superb talent who had traveled a very rocky road. However, his travails infuse his talent and what results is incomparable. On "All the Way," Mr. Scott is accompanied by estimable jazz musicians, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Grady Tate, guitarist John Pisano, and saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman. Five stars doesn't get it; "All the Way" is off the charts.