Rite of Passage
Flautist Kim Scott's sophomore project
Flautist Kim Scott has just released her sophomore project, Rite of Passage, and it is as impactful – if not more so– as her most appealing debut. Here is truly a young lady born to cKim Scott reate this kind of vibe, this kind of all-enveloping touch. With a style so sweet and alluring, Scott takes it where she says her band and producers challenged her to take it – to the next level. She also believes that this CD will hold its own. Well, I’ll go one better and predict that it will surpass the expectations of her and her comrades.
This is about as tight and solid a recording as you could want, and it never misses a step in maintaining that tender airiness that makes it so well-rounded.
Accompanying Scott on this fascinating journey are the guys for whom she rightly holds high regard (and I apologize in advance if I’ve omitted any of the fine members of this great collage of sound): On select tracks, Eric Essix on guitar, Clarence “T Lee” Hill handling keys and drum programming, J “J Fly” Flynn on percussion, James “PJ” Spraggins on drums, keys, piano, percussion, and bass, Sean Michael Ray on bass, Kelvin Wooten on guitar, Keith Williams on guitar, Brandon Pair on drums and percussion, and Phil Davis on keys and drum programming. You may or may not be familiar with some or any of these guys, but trust me when I describe them as a group of wonderfully talented and skilled musicians.
The lovely flautist steps into this project with bold confidence, fully knowing that it has that oomph so craved by jazzers everywhere. Leading off with a mover called “Landscapes,” she makes sure that every note is not only heard but felt from way down deep inside where the soul awaits such completeness of sound.
Transitioning from that lead track, Scott hops into another moving and shaking up-tempo number called “Treetops,” a tune that is so complete in its feel that you can imagine gliding through those treetops without a care in the world.
Then comes the funk. On a down-n-dirty mid-tempo jam called “Block Party,” she shows what she’s made of by delivering all the feel and no fluff here. This one is for you dancing funksters, for sure. Following that is a 180-degree turn toward a self-penned pair of slow, honey-dipped charmers – the title track and the honey-dipped, R&B-infused “Sweet Obsession,” featuring her own velvety vocals.
I could go on and on about this splendid piece of art, but suffice it to say that Ms. Scott has successfully completed her rite of passage. Contemporary jazz has yet another darling. – Ronald Jackson
Rite of Passage
Jazz flute the way it should be! Experience Kim Scott with the first single from her sophomore album, “Rite of Passage”!