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Shirley Scott

An admirer from the seminal Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott continues to be among the organ’s most appealing reps since the past due ’50s. Scott, an extremely melodic and available player, began on piano and performed trumpet in senior high school before taking on the Hammond B-3 and experiencing national reputation in the past due ’50s with her outstanding Prestige times with tenor sax great Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis. Specifically well-known was their 1958 strike “In your kitchen.” Her status was cemented through the ’60s on many superb, soulful body organ/soul-jazz times where she shown an aggressive, extremely rhythmic attack mixing complex bebop harmonies with bluesy melodies along with a gospel impact, punctuating everything with great usage of the bass pedals. Scott wedded soul-jazz tenor guy Stanley Turrentine, with whom she frequently recorded within the ’60s. The Scott/Turrentine union lasted before early ’70s, and their musical collaborations within the ’60s had been among the best possible in the field. Scott wasn’t as noticeable the following 10 years, when the reputation of body organ combos reduced and labels had been interested in fusion and pop-jazz (though she do record some albums for Chess/Cadet and Strata East). But organists regained their reputation in the past due ’80s, which discovered her documenting for Muse. Though known mainly for her body organ playing, Scott can be an excellent pianist — within the 1990s, she performed piano solely on some trio recordings for Candid, and embraced the device regularly in Philly jazz locations in the first area of the 10 years. By the end from the ’90s, Scott’s center was broken by the dietary plan drug mixture, fen-phen, resulting in her declining wellness. In 2000 she was honored $8 million within a lawsuit contrary to the manufacturers from the medication. On March 10, 2002 she passed away of center failing at Presbyterian Medical center in Philadelphia.

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