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Anyone for hemlock?,
This review is from: Great Scott! (Audio CD)
One of 10 children, Scott - along with a brother - was blighted with Kallman's Syndrome. This meant that puberty passed him by and stunted his growth. This resulted in an almost unique singing voice, approaching castrato (not that I know much about castrati!). Over the years, he fronted the Lionel Hampton Orch., the Bill Taylor Orch., and Lucky Thompson's Orch. He cut for Decca, Coral and Brunswick, as well as Savoy and notably, Ray Charles' Tangerine label. Lotsa bad business calls left him with little commercial success, but he was venerated as the "greatest jazz singer America has ever produced" (from the liner notes). Glowing testimonials from such as Frankie Valli, Joe Pesci, Marvin Gaye and Nancy Wilson kick off the notes, from compiler Bob Fisher, who here offers a selection from 1950/62.
Whilst admiring his voice, arrangements and backing, the tracks are so dreary and downbeat that I couldn't face more than four or five on the trot. Not helped by the consistently downbeat pace. There are a couple of 'upbeat' numbers, "The Way You Look Tonight" stands out (I forget the other), but neither could be described as finger-snappers. Yes, Mr Scott does enjoy a unique voice, but if I had to play these 50 all the way through, I'd be in need of an industrial dose of Prozac, or I might open a vein. As you might guess, admirable qualities aside, I do NOT like this set, it brings me no joy. There are those among you who will get off on it, and I wish you happy (?) listening.