Jimmy Scott - If You Only Knew
Documentary looking at the life of one of the great unsung heroes of jazz, Jimmy Scott. Extensive interviews, archival photos and international concert footage create an intimate and personal document of Scott's lifelong struggle to confront exploitations, to reunite his family and to find solace through his art.
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Four collectors were created that night. We later exchanged articles about his beginnings, tough years, and his resurgence with the aid of music lovers and fellow artists. I only recently learned of this DVD and look forward again to sharing his music and story from a few of the people who know him well.
Sometimes music will pick you up and keep you going. This is that kind of music.
BECAUSE I RECEIVED A BLOCKER MESSAGE FROM THE DVD DISC ON MY DVD PLAYER THAT SAID I WAS NOT IN THE RIGHT REGION . I WOULD LIKE TO RETURN THIS FOR MY MONEY. I HAD NO IDEA THAT IT WAS RECORDED IN PAL.I THINK THIS MAKES JIMMY SCOTTS CAREER LOOK LIKE IT MIGHT BE QUESTIONABLE BECAUSE MOST AMERICANS OUTSIDE OF nEW yoRK cITY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF HIM AND HE SEEMS TO BE DOING MOST OF HIS SINGING IN THE PAL REGION IN EUROPE OR BRAZIL.
The video is spectacular. Not only do you get a chance to watch and listen to Jimmy Scott perform, but you get to know about the very tough life he led. What is really wonderful is that Jimmy, while acknowledging that he had some very horrible experiences, remains positive and states that he isn't the only one who has had problems in his life. He is grateful to be where he is today....one cannot detect any bitterness in him, just sheer joy and a deep love for music.
I guarantee that you will be very moved by this extraordinary documentary, one minute I would be laughing, the next minute really angry, then I would be crying or getting up and cheering!! After watching this video, I took out a song that I have been practising for an upcoming concert, thought deeply about the lyrics and what they mean to me....I asked myself whether I could project my feelings into the lyrics and in turn to the audience and move them the way Jimmy does? That is my goal. I may have a lot of work to do, but I thank Jimmy Scott for inspiring me.
I really regret that I never had a chance to see Jimmy Scott perform at the Blue Note when he came to Japan a couple of years ago. After watching the video, I see what I missed and I could kick myself!! For those of you who, like me, haven't seen him perform in person, watching this video is the next best thing. For those of you who just love good music, do yourselves a great favour and add this gem of a video to your collection. You won't regret it!
I was touched once before because of my love for Billie Holiday, a friend had invited me to his house and made me listen to this tune and I was taken away by this man who was the closest living voice that resembled her. Later, upon buying that CD, which I don't remember the name, I realized it was wishful thinking, but still this guy really intrigued me. That was in the late 80's, and it wasn't until recently that I saw this DVD in a store, and memories came back and I just had to buy it. This is a compelling view of a guy's humanity poured into the vitality that he gives to his singing, a very good explanation of how he sings like only he can. Early on in my life, I learned that every artist has a pathos, greek for passion, for something, here we learn about that passion in a very touching way. Corollary: if you don't get touched by this DVD, then you really don't have the right to proclaim that you are "into" jazz. To be into jazz, you have to feel, there might be a lot of good jazz artists out there, but only so few teach us how to feel the way they do. You can see clearly that this guy has conveyed his message to the world, he is not only an accomplished artist, but an accomplished human being, hence his happiness.