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Mood Indigo

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Do not pass go, go directly to the Grammy awards. This is one of the most emotionally gripping, deeply satisfying vocal recitals in a month of Sundays. Jimmy Scott's roots in classic jazz and R&B give him a lifetime of experience to call upon, and now with Mood Indigo, producer Todd Barkan has placed Little Jimmy in the type of context his talent deserves. Barkan has surrounded the vocalist with a prime selection of mature modern jazzmen, self-assured in their own mastery and dedicated to the goal of creating an open, swinging canvas on which Scott can portray his genius for storytelling and emotional inflection. On "Imagination," Scott evokes a chilling sense of longing and resignation, as saxophone legend Hank Crawford and harmonica player Grégorie Maret offer spare, impeccably crafted solo ripostes, which only deepen the impact of Scott's fragile, lived-in instrument. Even more engrossing is Scott's convocation with pianist Cyrus Chestnut, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Grady Tate on the title tune, one of the most harrowing readings of the standard on record. Each tune is a little gem, bejeweled with elegant details only master jazzmen can provide, as with Joe Beck's sinuous alto guitar on "Without a Song." Scott's ability to immerse listeners in the emotional subtext of a song, with nothing more than that eggshell falsetto, broad vibrato, and halting phrasing, is miraculous. He is the closest thing extant to the Billie Holiday of Lady in Satin, and that's saying a mouthful. --Chip Stern


1. Smile
2. Mood Indigo
3. Imagination
4. Without A Song
5. There Will Never Be Another You
6. How Deep Is The Ocean?
7. Time After Time
8. Blue Skies
9. Day By Day
10. Mood Indigo (Reprise)

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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: June 6, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Milestone
  • ASIN: B00004TRTX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By jfpessoa on December 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I would never have imagined that Jimmy Scott could have bettered the performances he gave on his last album "Holding Back the Years," but he's done exactly that. I thoroughly enjoyed the previous album, but I think what may have moved Jimmy to surpass it are the very fine jazz instrumentalists that he's singing with. This is an album that you want to put on, and then lie down on the couch and really listen too. This is a very satisfying jazz performance, and considering Jimmy's age it is an even greater accomplishment. If you like Jimmy Scott, you'll surely be very pleased with "Mood Indigo," and if you're not familiar with his work this album is a very special introduction.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By William Noel on June 24, 2000
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Finally Jimmy Scott is getting recorded often, with musicians sensitive to his style and singing, and with the freedom to stretch out on ballads. Compare his version of Imagination recorded for Savoy back in the 50s and the one on this CD. The earlier recording was timed at less than 3 minutes while the song recorded this year took almost 7 minutes. (Some of that time is given to the instrumentalists for solos but Scott takes the song at a slower pace too.) The earlier version seemed too fast, especially for a singer like Jimmy Scott who is legendary for his phrasing, extending individual words, pronouncing every syllable and pausing for full effect. The two and three minute songs released in the 50s really do not do him justice simply because he was forced to sing faster than he normally would have sung in a nightclub date for instance. Although many of those songs are great too, I can always imagine what he would have done if free to sing as he wanted to sing. On this recording of Imagination I no longer have to imagine. The musicians on this album seem well suited to Scott's music. On three tracks he works with his own road band, the Jazz Expressions, while on most of the other tracks we hear Hank Crawford on alto sax, Cyrus Chestnut on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Grady Tate on drums. Gregoire Maret adds his Toots Thielemans-like harmonica effectively to Imagination, Without A Song, How Deep Is the Ocean?, and Blue Skies. Also Joe Beck's guitar, featured on There Will Never Be Another You and one of two renditions of the title cut Mood Indigo is particularly impressive. The guitar that he uses, called an alto guitar, is tuned a fifth lower than a usual guitar and has a haunting, full, almost ringing quality on the two ballads.Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2000
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This was a situation where while browsing in the record store, I heard the most arresting voice accompanied by incredible jazz instrumentals. When I asked the store clerk who was playing, even he didn't know who it was but he was just as interested as I in finding out. Jimmy Scott. I had never heard of him before but just listening to the emotion and feeling of his distinctive voice along with the terrific musicianship of the artists accompanying him made me buy the album that day. I have listened to it everyday, always enjoying the experience. Especially noteworthy is the classic, "There Will Never Be Another You." Hearing Jimmy Scott sing it, I start to believe it myself. A wonderful CD. I'm glad I had the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time to discover for myself such a talent. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 12, 2000
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This is Scott's most satisfying album since "All the Way," thanks to the judicious selection of material (not a weak song in the collection) and the supporting cast. Seeing Scott perform at a Milwaukee club not long ago, I experienced visually the quality that I had sensed on his recordings. He seemed on the verge of falling off the stand at any instant, lending added drama to the performance of each song and a sense of shared triumph at its completion. The combination of risk and vulnerability is reminiscent of late Holiday and Garland, except that Jimmy manages to hang on. One caveat: He's no up-tempo singer, and with less-than-ample breath reserves and with ballads taken this slowly, there are numerous open spaces (imagine Billie's "Lady in Satin" or Shirley Horne's "Here's to Life" without strings). I hope he's paired up with an arranger such as Johnny Mandel for his next recording.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Best on May 1, 2006
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I decided to write a recommendation because I think you'll find Little Jimmy Scott to fit every mood. I'm in college as a struggling junior and began to get very stressed with finals...and I was watching the Cosby Show and Bill was listening to "An Evening in Paradise" and I fell in love with the brief clip of Little Jimmy Scott and looked the album and song up on amazon and well, my stressful thoughts evaporated and suddenly the only important things were the simple things again. I wanted to encourage people to listen to any of Little Jimmy Scott's albums to find comforting and uplifting music for any part of your day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank B. Edris on March 8, 2007
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I am a Jimmy Scott fan and I find this to be one of his best. His voice and the production are excellent. This is a must for any Jimmy Scott or jazz aficionado.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard M. Maida on July 15, 2000
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Jimmy Scott has the most unique swinging soul in the universe. He stretches songs into sweet ballads like taffy. I especially like the sensitive accompaniment of his long-time backup band, The Jazz Expressions, who you will hear at Jimmy's live performances, and who have a great self-titled album of their own here on Amazon.
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