Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Jimmy Scott- Laughing On the Outside

No more tears for this MP3.

Few phrases are as tired as "wearing your heart on your sleeve." Still, it applies to Jimmy Scott, who has specialized in a naked outpouring of emotion for decades. I've been lucky to witness Shirley Horn, Abbey Lincoln and Tony Bennett emote. They're great torch singers, but only Jimmy Scott has kept me in tears throughout his performance. Scott's story has been well documented, but if you're not familiar with him, here's All Music's biography. This ballad is from the Mitchell Froom-produced Dream. (That's Junior Mance on piano.) I also recommend his recent recordings for the Milestone label. Here's another applicable cliche: Jimmy Scott is a treasure.

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