Marilyn Scott: Cry Me A River
Cry Me A River
Marilyn Scott (vocals)
Every Time We Say Goodbye (Venus TKCV-35419)
Gerald Cannon (bass), Willie Jones III (drums).
Composed by Arthur Hamilton.
Recorded: New York, August 27-29, 2007
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
In this fine Japanese import from Venus, the relaxed vocal stylizing of Marilyn Scott is in fine form backed by especially empathetic musicians. The challenge for any vocalist is to be able to put her own stamp on a standard that is so identified with a particular artist that a remake usually doesn't cut it. I find myself having little tolerance for feeble attempts by otherwise earnest vocalists, but with Scott I am pleasantly surprised. On "Cry Me a River," which to me is inseparable from the sultry Julie London, Scott makes the song her own with phrasing and intonation that sound distinctively less vulnerable than London's. Bollenback's superlative guitar accompaniment is right on target, Chestnut's piano is equally sympathetic, and the throaty, reedy sound of Peplowski is a welcome delight that adds a whole new cool Getzian sound to this tune. His minimalist approach is tantalizingly provocative. Backed by such complementary musicianship, Scott's vocal is all the more convincing. Marilyn Scott deserves to be heard.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello