27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2001
Finally this fabulous Jimmy Scott album from 1969 gets a reissue on CD in the UK. This record ranks among Mr Scott's finest work. Produced by Joel Dorn, and featuring musicians such as Ron Carter, Junior Mance and David "Fathead" Newman, it contains what may be Scott's finest vocal perfomance to date (and one of the finest ever recorded) on the stunning "Day by Day". There is also a haunting version of "Sometimes I feel like a motherless child" which Jimmy still performs regurlarly in his live shows. The final track, "This love of mine" is also incredible, and when Jimmy sings the final line... "I've asked the sun and moon, the stars that shine, whats to become of this love of mine...." you hear the honesty and artistry that has long made him one of the finest perfomers in jazz. Buy this record and you'll never want to let it go.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2003
There has been a lot written already this year about Jimmy Scott. The voice, the early celebrity, his years as a lift attendant, the comeback in his 70s. His life was tailor-made for the torch-song. And it is torchy material that makes up this exceptional album from 1969.
For me, "The Source" outranks for quality "Falling in Love is Wonderful", the record from 1962 in which Scott invested so much and which was kept from the shops by a legal wrangle with a former producer. (The story sounds like a songline itself.) That album has been given much critical attention as it now finally makes the record-stands, but the album which really runs Sinatra's ballad recordings on Capitol a close race is this one. The production is better than Scott's earlier album, and against a more minimal orchestral setting than Ray Charles provided in 1962, Scott's extraordinary, seering, visceral voice soars. There are also at least two "Desert Island" tracks - interpretations that just leave all the others in the shadows. One is "Our Day will Come", and the other is a truly magnificent, haunting "Day by Day". "Sometimes I Feel like a Motherless Child" is a standard in Scott's repertoire, and "On Broadway" is at a tempo that really gives that song an edgy, downtown feel.
And as if Scott was always conscious of rivalling Sinatra, the last track is "This Love of Mine", one of the handful of songs that Sinatra actually helped to write. Frankly, this album is one of the best jazz vocal recordings you will buy.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2006
It is very rare: an album that contains ONLY verrrry good songs! This is certainly a deserted island must. At least for those who are touched by Jimmy Scott's voice and how he uses it masterfully as an instrument of art. This is the master of jazz ballad singing, or call it torch song if you want, but no-bo-dy interprets them like Jimmy does! The key word is INTENSITY.
Countless great artists adore him, respect him, (just check his official website), yet he seems to remain a cult figure.
Often on the edge of exaggeration, Jimmy Scott does remain credible with his passionate and powerful high singing. His exceptional (slow) phrasing accentuates each word, each syllable, each note. This man doesn't sing a song, he lives it (he does know what it is to be a "motherless child"). Pure artistry is this respect, or even better: LOVE, for rythm, melody and lyrics.
The choice of songs is superb. Too many favourites to name any, although "On Broadway" stands apart as different in tone, yet delicious too. In fact, this album is really too special a collection of masterpieces to listen to in one time; one should only listen to one song a day!
I'm not sure if this is the best album to get to know Jimmy Scott, but it is surely his most intense album, the top of his work. Keep in mind that, back in 1969, it was the first album this man could finally do all as he wanted, without any commercial rules or restrictions.
Timeless art. Breaks your heart. Feeds your soul.
The final note leaves you breathless and emotionally exhausted as if Jimmy used your own energy too... Try it!
**For those who like it a bit more sweet and smooth, I recommend his other masterpiece, the hauntingly romantic "Falling in love is wonderful" (1962), arranged with beautiful strings, where Jimmy Scott renders a new quality to jazz crooning. Ray Charles was there and bowed his head in respect.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 24 December 2004
Wow, how is it that Jimmy Scott sings so like a woman? On this quiet but mesmerisingly intense set of standards his voice is as fabulously silky and rich as his crooning is intricate, intimate and impassioned. Though very slow tempoed the jazzy backing is fairly traditional, with gentle strings and understated guitar, piano, sax and brushed drums, but so hushed and reverant as to become a sort of ambient haze that makes for a terrific contrast with Jimmy's spotlit vocal. Both warm and haunting.