Queen of the Organ, Shirley Scott, is fondly remembered in the "Shirley Scott - Memorial Album." Bolding commanding a Hammond B-3 organ, Scott made a name for herself in the 50’s and 60’s by playing with such greats as the Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Trio and sax man Stanley Turrentine. Interestingly enough, Shirley also studied the trumpet before delighting crowds with her progressive organ style. An avid jazz teacher, Scott would continue through her later years to spread jazz education. Scott did her best to bring history to life as an assistant professor at Cheyney University in Pennsylvania.
The Memorial Album features a host of guest appearances with Scott. For instance, you’ll find Kenny Burrell (guitar), alongside Eddie Kahn (bass) and Otis Finch (drums) on Scott’s rendition of Miles Davis’ tune, "Solar." Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Buddy Tate rip it up together on sax for "Fourmost," which was written by Scott. Al Smith heads up the vocals in an outstanding rendition of his "Night Time is the Right Time." You’ll hear Stanley Turrentine (tenor sax) on "Five Spot After Dark."
Full of rich and diverse history, the "Shirley Scott - Memorial Album" continues to lovingly adhere to her goal of educating others on our rich jazz traditions. Take a step back in time and enjoy the soul-filled experience.