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Mansur Scott Harlem Quartet - Sometimes Forgotten, Sometimes Remembered (2010)




Исполнитель: Mansur Scott Harlem Quartet
Название альбома: Sometimes Forgotten, Sometimes Remembered
Год выпуска: 2010
Формат файлов: MP3@320K/s
Размер архива: 158 MB
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01 This Masquerade
02 Natureboy
03 The Nearness Of You
04 Miss Otis Regrets
05 In A Sentimental Mood
06 Song For My Father
07 Inspired By John Coltrane
08 When The Lady Sings
09 Days Of Wine And Roses

Male jazz singers are a rare breed and most fashion themselves after the quintessential crooner Frank Sinatra. It is, therefore, intriguing to discover one with as singular, bold and blues-based as Mansur Scott. His intimate and intensely personal Sometimes Forgotten, Sometimes Remembered was released after a brush with death due to a heart attack and stroke, and is an affirmative celebration of life, with a strong spiritual and mystical bent.

"Nature Boy," opens with bassist Wayne Batchelor's atmospheric, reverberating lines. Scott's shakers usher in the main melody of this standard with deference, his saxophone-like vocal acrobatics soaring over pianist Carlton Holmes' primal and percussive chords, which lead the trio's hypnotic vamps. The resulting aura is earthy yet sublimely tenebrous, fitting Scott's edgy and daring interpretation and embellishment. Holmes takes a simmering, bluesy solo that flows seamlessly out and inside the tune's harmonic structure

Even the sweet ballad "Nearness of You" is imbued with a thrillingly dark mood, maintaining its mellifluous character without being syrupy. The opening instrumental bars are exquisitely lyrical and set the stage for Scott's yearning and evocative baritone. London native Batchelor's heady sound and poetic improvisation, together with drummer Marc Johnson's rumbling, angular polyrhythms, enhance the introspective theatricality of the piece.

Scott's phrasing is reserved but passionate, taciturn yet dramatic. This is most evident on the anguished "Miss Otis Regrets," his band mates' understated and haunting refrains creating the perfect ambience for the singer's spare and clear delivery of its tragic story, and superb "Inspired By John Coltrane"; perhaps the album's most adventurous and creative piece, it is like a complex devotional chant filled with ethereal notes, Scott's clear and wistful bells framing his hushed and lilting enunciation of its poetic lyrics.

It is a shame that there aren't any other Mansur Scott recordings widely available. This album clearly demonstrates that he is in a unique class of jazz musicians who, in addition, to technical proficiency, possess a profound intellectualism and a moving, visceral soulfulness. ~ Hrayr Attarian

Personnel: Mansur Scott: vocals, percussion; Carlton Holmes: piano; Wayne Batchelor: bass; Marc Johnson: drums.

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