Marilyn Scott, Innocent Of Nothing

Sarah Tonen

By Sarah Tonen

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Innocent Of Nothing

Marilyn Scott

Of all the songs in Bob Dylan's catalogue, "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" might not seem like the most obvious choice for a jazz vocalist to tackle: The bulk of the melody is fairly static, the words are voluminous and unwieldy, and the skeletal acoustic guitar of the original wouldn't seem to translate well into jazz instrumentation. So give Marilyn Scott credit for daring: not only does she include "It's Alright, Ma" alongside more obviously jazz-ready fare like "Round Midnight" and “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most," she finesses the tune until it becomes melodically more fully rounded. The same holds true for the rest of Innocent of Nothing, which features Scott collaborating with producer George Duke and a band that includes bassist Brian Bromberg, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, percussionist Lenny Castro, keyboardists Patrice Rushen and John Beasley, saxophonists Steve Tavaglione, guitarists Ray Fuller and Mike Miller and a pair of members from fusion pioneers the Yellowjackets, Jimmy Haslip (bass) and Russel Ferrante (keyboards).