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).
By Kevin Whitehead on 02.25.15 in Features
Kevin Whitehead on how the prolific saxophonist has defeated expectations.
By Britt Robson on 02.11.15 in Reviews
The Vijay Iyer Trio set a remarkably high bar with their two prior studio releases, Historicity in 2009 and Accelerando in 2012, each one consensually rated among the top two or three releases of the year in jazz polls a...
By Ron Hart on 02.02.15 in Features
Celebrating Blue Note's 75th anniversary by examining its relationship with hip-hop
By Glenn Kenny on 01.09.15 in Features
The 1977 album may not have racked up sales, but fans of the record are fans for life.