based flutist Kim Scott has reinvented herself again and again with the albums
(2011), Rite of Passage (2013),
Southern Heat (2016) and Free To Be (2019).
In our dark times, she has taken on the not-so-simple task of being a
guiding light and encouragement. Her album SHINE!, to be
released next year, is appropriately titled and brings the music we
all so need.
Unlike many other contemporary musicians who offer a one-man show as
part of their recordings, Kim has taken the costly route of inviting a
wide range of studio musicians.
Participating are such renowned
musicians as Darrell Crooks (guitar),
Greg Manning (keyboards, programming), Kelvin Wooten (keys,
programming), Sean Michael Ray (bass), James "PJ" Spraggins (drums),
Eric Essix (guitar), Blake Aaron (lead guitar), Eric Valentine
(drums), Adam Hawley (various instruments, programming), Darrell Tibbs
(percussion), Kinyon Price (various instruments, programming), West
Byrd (keys), Jonathan Butler (guitar), Althea Rene and Ragan Whiteside
The sheer joy of finally recording a record with friends again jumps
out at you from every pore with the starter Back Together Again.
Kim plays the flute like a jubilant field lark with a perfection that
sets new standards.
If the climatic conditions allow it, one likes to spend his time at
the swimming pool to simply let the soul dangle. Poolside
captures the relaxed mood in a finely woven tapestry of flutes.
The title track shines with Kim's flute artistry supported by Blake
Aaron's guitar picking up melody and adding further accents. When you
choose a title like Off The Top, it can sometimes be
misunderstood. In this case, however, no criticism is implied. Rather,
Kim is merely addressing the tonality of her flute performance.
Butterfly is a track from Herbie Hancock's groundbreaking
jazz fusion album Thrust (1974). There are several smooth jazz artists
who have implemented their own ideas with this title like Bob Baldwin,
Eric Darius, Norman Connors or Andy Cleaves. It's fair to call Kim
Scott's interpretation particularly insightful. Especially impressive
is Kelvin Wooten's work on the keys.
Is it possible to capture a blow of wind musically? Kim succeeds on
Seabreeze with such grandeur and subtlety that one can only
congratulate her. With Something Better Kim shows her side as
a vocalist, which is not so pronounced in her case due to her passion
as a flutist.
Laelia is a Bossa Nova rhythmized piece featuring some
colorful guitar riffs by Jonathan Butler. Kim Scott not only knows
flutists Althea Rene and Ragan Whiteside. No, she also likes to take
the opportunity to record the soul classic I'm Every Woman
together with them. You can't get more flute!
Final tune of the album is a rendition of Kirk Franklin's song
Love. Artfully, Kim builds her flute harmonies like the register
of an organ.
Kim Scott's album SHINE! will not change the world. But this
gem will delight all those who have always considered the flute the
most fascinating instrument and certainly convince those who could not
imagine that the flute can be so expressive.
Buy the album in all stores
Artist: Kim Scott
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Innervision Records
1) Back Together Again (4:05)
2) Poolside (5:14)
(feat. Blake Aaron) (4:21)
4) Off The Top (5:28)
6) Seabreeze (4:53)
7) Something Better
8) Laelia (feat. Jonathan Butler) (4:26)
Every Woman (feat. Althea Rene & Ragan Whiteside) (3:57)
Free To Be
Rite Of Passage