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Something to Consider

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Something to Consider

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Stephen Scott
Producers:
Verve
genre:
Jazz

We gave it a B-

With his bell tone and logical mind, Stephen Scott is a captivating young jazz pianist. As a composer, though, he’s something of a by-the-book hard bopper, which makes Something to Consider a pretty conventional outing despite a generally exceptional cast of players, including two fine rhythm sections, trumpet wunderkind Roy Hargrove, and tenor saxophonist Craig Handy. (Justin Robinson’s sour intonation on alto is a drawback.) Still, there are moments — the backbeat version of Charlie Parker’s ”Au Privave,” two quartet numbers with veteran tenor man Joe Henderson, and most of Scott’s solos — that suggest that Scott may have a stronger record in store. B-

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