Jimmy Scott

The legendary Jimmy Scott performs a memorable set of classic tunes starting with "Pennies from Heaven" and going into the title track, followed by "All or Nothing at All". Scott is definitely an original, with a career going back more than 50 years, when he first recorded "Everybody is Somebody's Fool" with Lionel Hampton's big band. Scott's life started out quite rough. He lost his mother at 13, ended up in foster homes. "When I was 14, I sneaked into a movie theater in Cleveland and heard Judy Garland do 'Over the Rainbow' in 'The Wizard of Oz'. The year was 1939, and I was never the same. I not o­nly fell in love with Judy, I fell in love with love, and most of all I fell in love with songs…A beautiful song became a symbol of hope, an escape from misery, the promise of lasting love", says Scott. Billie Holiday herself was an impassioned fan of his and Jimmy pays tribute to her with his rendition of her song "Strange Fruit". This CD has some traditional jazz standards and is arranged with a tremendous respect for the talent of Jimmy Scott which shines through o­n every note. A class act all the way.

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