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Match a classic song stylist with a deep love for jazz, blues, soul, timeless melodies and lyrics and a magical, genre-defying transcendence can't help but blossom. Over the course of seven previous recordings Marilyn Scott has established herself as one of contemporary music's premiere singer/songwriters. She's carried on a quiet but steady love affair with the great American songbook. Her rendition of "The Look Of Love", from 1998's 'Avenues of Love' earned producer George Duke a Grammy nomination for best arrangement with a vocal. Earlier recordings feature stunning versions of the classics, "The Summer Knows", "You Don't Know Me" and "You Don't Know What Love Is."

Marilyn's flirtation with pop standards evolves beautifully into the musical equivalent of a life-changing romance on her second Prana Entertainment release, 'Nightcap'. The collection finds her in a swinging, blues and jazzy way, exploring in an acoustic setting "eight songs I've been holding on to in my heart." She recorded with a handful of old friends who happen to be some of Los Angeles' most acclaimed musicians and jazz performers. George Duke both produced and arranged while also adding his special blend of keyboard work. The album also features the support of Vinnie Colaiuta (Drums), Ray Fuller (Guitar), Brian Bromberg (Acoustic Bass), the Brazilian guitar work of Dori Caymmi and the legendary Dean Parks (guitar). Horn work included Brandon Fields (Sax), Dan Higgins (Flute and Sax), Rick Baptist (Trumpet) and the percussion sound of Lenny Castro.

'Nightcap' begins with a cool romantic twist on, "I Wished On A Moon." The added Brazilian guitar by Dori Caymmi creates an optimistic mood Marilyn remembers from Billy Holiday. Charlie Chaplin's "Smile", that Nat King Cole made famous, was a family favorite. The melancholy blues of "Here's That Rainy Day" is how Marilyn remembers Anita O'Day singing. It's the adoration of poetic lyrics that led to "Stardust", with an understated arrangement featuring both piano and soulful Rhodes. "Isn't This A Lovely Day" was taken from a Fred Astaire version, with a Dan Higgins flute solo and Brian Bromberg's pulsing bass. The celebration of "all that's good" in living and love continues on with "Here's To Life." Duke's arrangement brings emotional light to a stellar piece. The singer reflects poignantly on "Yesterdays", which features Ray Fuller on guitar. Finally, on the bluesy track "If It's The Last Thing I Do", Marilyn presents a vocalese that follows a gentle brass solo that makes for a fitting close to an undeniably heartfelt collection of songs."

'Nightcap' also marks a deepening creative relationship between Scott and Duke, the legendary R&B/Jazz keyboardist and producer who played pivotal roles performing, co-writing and producing individual tracks on 'Take Me With You' (1995) and 'Avenues of Love' (1997). Together they found the balance of songs and styles and Duke added new freshness to these classic arrangements. True to both of their jazz leanings, the two wrote improvisational endings both lyrical and musically to all of the songs, allowing the singer to give more of herself to these versions.

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1. I Wished On A Moon
2. Smile
3. Here's That Rainy Day
4. Stardust
5. Isn't This A Lovely Day
6. Here's To Life
7. Yesterdays
8. If It's The Last Thing I Do

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 13, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CreateSpace
  • ASIN: B0002YIK10
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,397 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Warm and very seductive, the music on this CD just swept me away.
SoCalJazzFan
After buying Marilyn's new album "Everytime We Say Goodbye" I had to go back and look through her previous CDs of which there are quite a few!
musicmaven
The band accompaniment is very good and matches very well to the silky voice of Ms Marilyn Scott's.
Lim C. Yin

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SoCalJazzFan on October 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I had Marilyn's new disc on pre-order from Amazon as soon as I saw on her website there was a new one coming. Having been a longtime fan (since '79 and her Dreams Of Tomorrow LP) I was anxiously awaiting some new music from Marilyn, since her last one was the lovely Walking With Strangers back in 2001.

This new album does NOT disappoint! Taking a more traditional approach, she has chosen eight wonderful songs from what is commonly referred to as the "Great American Songbook" and, working with George Duke and a cadre of jazz's "who's who" for musicians, has crafted an enchanting collection of jazz standards.

I've always been a huge fan of Marilyn's voice and it's great to hear her tackling songs of this caliber. Warm and very seductive, the music on this CD just swept me away. I got the CD at work and listened to it for the first time on my way home from work in traffic. It was a soothing way to pass the 45 or so minutes it takes me to get home. George Duke's arrangements are delicious and along with Marilyn's mellifluous voice and delicate phrasing, they have helped inject new life into these classic songs. When I got home, my wife and I listened to the CD again over dinner. We opened a nice bottle of wine (not exactly a "Nightcap" but close enough) and I swear her grilled chicken never tasted so good! We both decided it was the music on Marilyn's CD. We slowed down, we enjoyed a couple glasses of wine and talked about our days' as Marilyn crooned seductively in the background. Needless to say, my wife has now appropriated my Marilyn CD and I was forced to buy another copy for my commute! No mind, it was well worth it and the CD is a bargain at just under $10.

Bravo Marilyn! I hope we don't have to wait another three years for another delightful offering!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jazzy Babe on May 1, 2005
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Marilyn is smokey, succulent, and passionate. I heard tenor sax, percussion, keyboards, and guitars accompanying with perfectly timed crescendos in "Here's To Life", my absolute favorite song on this cd. The lyrics (I'm guessing the lyricist is Phyllis Molinary since Artie Butler is a producer and keyboard artist)described what many of us feel when reviewing our lives and will leave you completely mellowed out with a huge smile on your face. I cannot play it just once. The selections are all excellent. If you are seeking to add to your female jazz vocalist collection, this is a must have.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Guillermo Picasso on October 21, 2004
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This is the album Marilyn Scott was destined to record. Her smooth and sophisicated voice is more than perfectly suited to present this great collection of standards. Unlike some pop/rock vocalists who take on the Pop Standards Songbbook (i.e. Rod Stewart)to salvage a flagging career, Miss Scott's sense of style always pointed to a future masterpiece, and that future is now. And what a price! Get one for yourself, and another to surprise your sweetheart.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By dapperjoe on February 25, 2005
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Scott has always been a perfectionist,and this album is another gem in her admirable collection of jewels.
She is one of the most consistent and gifted jazz vocalists on the market,sometimes a little overlooked,compare to the too hype,too lucky and too overexposed acts such as Diana Krall,Natalie Cole,Peter Cincotti and the glamourous cover- girls Jane Monheit and Tierney Sutton.
Her phrasing is just superb and soulful,the songs are perfectly
delivered,the feelings are heartfelt and beautifully expressed.
The production,well,the production is simply brilliant. It's another fantastic project by the only and one George Duke who has literally outdone himself in two spectacular productions in a row, this one with Marilyn and ,few months ago, with the latest offering from the incomparable Regina Belle, the magnificent,sumptuous masterpiece 'Lazy Afternoon'.
Here,with George "Midas" Duke's help,everything shines as solid gold.
George,you are a Genius and the number ONE among the jazz pianists, arrangers and producers.
And you ,Marilyn,you are just great !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lim C. Yin on February 28, 2007
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The title describes very well the album on the tempo of the songs which are slow and easy for late night listening. If you are looking for some heavy and fast jazz this is not the album for you. The band accompaniment is very good and matches very well to the silky voice of Ms Marilyn Scott's.

However the title "Here's The Rainy Day" is played a bit on the slow side, but "Stardust" is well arranged. The song "Isn't This A Lovely Day" could do with a more lively rhythm. In general the album is pleasant to listen to for a relaxing evening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vida on July 20, 2008
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After my initial introduction to Miss Scott via "Walking With Strangers," I picked up "Nightcap" on a whim one day and was not disappointed! Her voice is simply amazing and I'm really surprised that she's not a household name. Apart from Scott's always on target vocals, the songs' musical arrangements make "Nightcap" a great album for relaxation--especially on a Sunday night when you're preparing yourself for a busy work week. I particularly enjoy "I Wished On A Moon," "Smile," and "Stardust."
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By PhiloX on September 21, 2013
Format: Audio CD
My wife was at a thrift store & called me with some CD's & LP 's she found. Over the IPhones I looked up the CD's on the computer & told her Yes or No if I wanted the music. "Here is a CD from Marilyn Scott called " Night Cap"' do you want it?" She asked. "Never heard of her" I thought & looked up the CD in Amazon.com & played a few songs & told my wife "Yes I want that CD" & I am glad she bought it. Clean, clear, & well done production of a quintet of keyboards, drums, bass, guitar & of coarse Marilyn Scott singing with a well tuned soprano with no scat. Sometimes a flute, sax, or trumpet are added to the mix. All solos & backup instruments are totally professional. I am so impressed I am going to buy more of her CDs.
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