Recorded in San Francisco, this crisply produced follow-up to female blues singer E.C. Scott's 1995 COME GET YOUR LOVE is as solid an example of contemporary blues practice as one is likely to find anywhere these days. Tasty fills and figures spun by guitarist Early Times infuse this spirited session with a soulful, funky groove in which drummer Curtis Nutall shines particularly. As for Scott herself, she is a no nonsense singer unaffected by overdone blues or soul mannerisms.
Her voice rarely strays from a comfortable mid-range; a touch of Gladys Knight here and there , especially on the softer, subtler numbers. Scott wrote 10 of these 11 tracks, so she has something to say, and the uncluttered production allows her room enough to get her message across directly. Her subjects span the range of domestic sorrows and joys--infidelity, gettin' it on in a "Queensize Bed." "If You're A Good Woman" finds Scott calmly berating a friend's tolerance of domestic abuse. Needless to say, the accompanying music supports these sentiments aptly, so neither Scott nor her songs are overbearing or preachy. Fans of the real life blues take note.
Personnel: E.C. Scott (vocals); Early Times, Tim Landis, Yasutaka Nakajima (guitar); David Halliday, Vincent Lars (saxophone); Tim Hyland (trumpet); Larry Batiste (trombone, background vocals); Keni Williams, Jay Goudeau (bass); Curtis Nutall (drums); Lissa Patterson-Byrd (background vocals). Recorded at Mobius Music, San Francisco and Live Oak Studio, Berkeley, California. Includes liner notes by Bill Dahl.
Reviews"Scott has one of the sexiest, smoothest, and most understated deliveries in the genre and is a powerhouse entertainer to boot. E.C. is a wonderful soul singer and an effective and invigorating blues interpreter." - Blues Revue