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Kim Scott – Free to Be

July 10, 2019

I have so enjoyed following and reviewing this lovely flautist and her very becoming work since her 2011 Crossing Over release. The vibrancy, the brilliance, and the feel-good vibe that one gets from her lilting, quality c-jazz offerings are not to be understated. Here again on her latest Free to Be release, she puts on a great display of her musicianship with top-tier playing and writing skills.

Artists like Kim Scott bring an exuberance to an art form long prophesied to be a thing of the past in short order by critics. When you listen to the Pied Piper-like allure and magic of her style, you come to the conclusion that those critics couldn’t be farther from the truth.

With her longtime collaborators, drummer/percussionist/producer “PJ” Spraggins, guitarist Eric Essix, and keyboardist/producer Kelvin “Wu10” Wooten, this album offers big-time promise.

Get an earful of tracks like the lead and title track featuring young saxtress Jazmin Ghent, the powerful “Emerge” featuring pianist/keyboardist Jonathan Fritzen. the melodic and mid-tempo “No Worries” featuring the iconic James Lloyd of Pieces of a Dream, her cover of the Burt Bacharach classic “The Look of Love” (check out her own unique interpretation, especially toward the last third of the track), the up-tempo and funky “Take It to the Rink,” “J’s Groove,” a high-steppin’ track written and programed by her son Jaden, and you’ll clearly see why this young lady’s climb to the who’s who in c-jazz is imminent. Skill, quality, and a full sense of where she wants to take her music.

With this type of effort, I plan to continue watching this artist’s climb and her magnificence on flute. Truly one of the best. – Ronald Jackson