Why do some artists thrive for decades in the ever-changing music world and others fade away so quickly? The reasons are myriad but there’s one factor shared by all of the true survivors: originality. The key to longevity is having something to say, and being able to say it in a manner unlike any other performer.
Marilyn Scott is such an artist. The veteran vocalist has been releasing critically acclaimed, cross-genre recordings for more than four decades, both as a leader and collaborator, and has dazzled audiences all over the world with her powerful live performances. She’s worked with some of the most gifted musicians in the world, including such highly regarded jazz ensembles as Spyro Gyra and the Yellowjackets, and some of the hottest names in the blues and R&B world, from Bobby Womack to Tower of Power to Etta James.
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“With great material, winning arrangements, a strong stable of collaborators, and fine
vocal work, all of the bases seem to be covered here. Everything clearly fell into place
for Standard Blue. It’s a fine addition to Scott’s discography and, quite possibly, her
strongest date yet.”
“From the first moments of the opener—a “Willow Weep For Me” that subscribes to a
stylistic thread that could best be described as ambient neo-soul jazz—it’s clear that
this isn’t your run-of-the-mill offering. As the album moves along, Scott continues to
captivate with quiet energy.” – ALL ABOUT JAZZ – Dan Bilawsky