Miss Shirley Scott
“Listen – Shirley Scott – I Want You Back – MP3″
As promised I have returned to close out the week with a Hammond groove.
If you are a Hammond aficionado, or merely grab your organ grinding via the Funky16Corners Radio podcast, you will already be familiar with the sounds of the mighty Shirley Scott.
Scott was unusual in that she was a female organist (alongside players like Rhoda Scott and Bu Pleasant), and typical in that she hailed from the great city of Philadelphia, which cranked out Hammond giants like they had them stacked up in a warehouse somewhere.
She got her start as a fairly straight ahead jazz player, recording for Prestige and Impulse from the late 50s through the 1967, often alongside her then husband saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. She signed to Atlantic in 1968 and her sets took on a new, more contemporary edge with Scott covering – with considerable style – current pop and soul material. Her 1969 cover of the Isley Brothers’ ‘It’s Your Thing’, from the ‘Shirley Scott and the Soul Saxes’ LP is a killer.
The tune I bring you today is from the album after that, 1970’s ‘Something’. Her cover of the Jackson Five’s ‘I Want You Back’ starts out with the opening theme being restated almost four times, before the organ comes in. The backing band (all session players like Eric Gale and Chuck Rainey) is solid, with an especially nice “live” drum sound (the session was produced by the late Joel Dorn). I dig the slightly distorted organ sound, and though Scott doesn’t get to stretch out much, it’s still a groovy number.
I hope you dig the tune and I’ll be back on Monday.
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