Jmmy Scott – The Source

Jmmy Scott
The Source
(LabelM – 1969/2001)
by Matthew S. Robinson

After over 30 years of legal wrangling, the inspirational genius of Jimmy Scott has been re-released by master producer Joel Dorn on a collection which is as beautiful and strong today as it was when it was recorded for Ray Charles’ Tangerine Records. The lyrical links of “Unchained Melody” are absolutely righteous and the strains of “Exodus” could lead a listener to either cry the Red Sea or to part it.

While “Motherless Child” aches with orphaned loneliness, “Our Day Will Come” is confidentially encouraging. For over 40 years, Scott’s frankly feminine registers, delayed deliveries, easy shapings and full-soul bellows have been a source of inspiration and style for everyone from Nancy Wilson to k.d. lang and this collection carries that legendary legacy into the 21st century.

© 2001 M. S. Robinson, ARR