Shirley Scott in 8 Albums and 2 Videos

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Naturally, my afternoon with tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine on Tuesday led to an afternoon with organist Shirley Scott yesterday. It was inevitable. Once you get Scottie in your ear, you want her to go on and on. I have virtually all of her albums, so I focused on her 1960s releases, which are loaded with powerful original blues and juicy takes on old and new standards. Scott loved to set the keyboards so the bottom sounded thick as she coordinated her left hand with her feet on the pedals while the top notes were set to produce a high-pitched, bell-like ring. She also had long, graceful fingers that moved on the keyboards like softshell crabs. The result was a piano-like approach to the organ with a sophisticated groove. After all, the organ is a full-body instrument.

Let's listen to a bunch of clips by the Queen of the Organ:

First, here's Shirley Scott live, in one of her rare performance clips, with Harold Vick on tenor saxophonist in 1976 playing Don't Look Back...



Starting in 1958, Scott recorded three Cookbook albums with Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis that kicked the organ combo into high gear at the Prestige label. Here's the complete Volume 1, with Jerome Richardson on flute...



Here's the complete Jaws from September 1958, which followed the first volume of Cookbook...



Here's the complete Jaws in Orbit from May 1959, with Steve Pulliam (tb), Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis (ts), Shirley Scott (org), George Duvivier (b) and Arthur Edgehill (d)...



Here's Soul Shoutin' in October 1963, complete, with Stanley Turrentine (ts), Shirley Scott (org), Earl May (b) and Grassella Oliphant (d)...



Here's Scott's complete The Soul Is Willing in January 1964, featuring Stanley Turrentine (ts) Major Holley (b) and Grassella Oliphant (d)...



Here's the complete Great Scott!, recorded with Bob Cranshaw (b) and Candy Finch (d) in May 1964...



Here's Everybody Loves a Lover from September 1964 with the same personnel as above and Stanley Turrentine added...



Here's Scott in December 1964 on Queen of the Organ, complete, backed by Stanley Turrentine (ts) Bob Cranshaw (b) Candy Finch (d)...



And here's Scottie with fellow organists Brother Jack McDuff and Duke Jethro in November 1996 at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, with drummer Eddie Marshall....

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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