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Rhoda Scott and Kenny Clarke
Jazz in Paris
GITANES 549 287 - 2
  1. Bitter Street
  2. Satin Doll
  3. It's Impossible
  4. Speak Low
  5. Now's the Time
  6. Out of Nowhere
  7. What are you doing for the Rest of Your Life
  8. Toe Jam
  9. On Green Dolphin Street
Rhoda Scott - Hammond Organ  Kenny Clarke - Drums
Recorded in Paris in May 1977

Before this record I had not heard Rhoda Scott, but Arthur Rubinstein had and he said " A great, a very great virtuoso", and I wouldn't want to argue with him. The beauty of the Hammond Organ is that in the right hands it can produce such a wondrous array of sounds. These are the right hands and everything is here from the tender 'It's Impossible' and 'What are you doing' to the rumbustuous 'Speak Low' and 'Dolphin Street'.

Rhoda Scott started her musical education at Manhattan School of Music, before progressing to study with Nadia Boulanger. Others had done so before her including Tad Dameron and Quincy Jones. Drummers should listen to Kenny Clarke at work here; the man was undoubtedly one of the greatest drummers the world has ever produced. He listens carefully throughout, his dynamics rise and fall with the soloist; he pushes things on but never jostles with the other player. It is said that the two were very good friends and enjoyed working together - It shows!

Why is the delectable Ms Rhodes still in France and not back home in the USA? Well she married a certain Frenchman Raoul St.Yves and she is a Big Name in continental Europe.

Another fine record from the Jazz in Paris series.

Don Mather

Don Mather is a saxophone player and Bandleader in Coventry

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