E.C. Scott, Hard Act To Follow

John Morthland

By John Morthland

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A soul-blues singer for all seasons.

With her background in gospel and jazz, this is a soul-blues singer for all seasons. Scott has a classic, but limited, soul voice — sassy and with a slight rasp — that she's able to get the most out of thanks to her savvy phrasing. She can rock out, as on the opening “Steppin'Out on a Saturday Night,” or take it soft and sensuous on “Sweet Man of Mine.” With the exception of an unlikely remake of the Eurythmics'”Missionary Man,” she writes her own material, the tables-turning “Men Gossip Too” being particularly clever, and her horn-heavy band is supportive without getting in her way.