2 LPs on 1 CD: GREAT SCOTT! (1958)/SHIRLEY'S SOUNDS (1958).
Personnel: Shirley Scott (organ); Shirley Scott; George Duvivier (double bass); George Tucker (bass guitar); Arthur Edgehill (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Authors: Ira Gitler; Joe Goldberg.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, NJ (05/23/1958).
Shirley Scott's name is sometimes left off the list of soul-jazz organists from the 1950s and '60s, which is a shame because her nimble keyboard work and swinging, soulful feel rank alongside the best. TRIO CLASSICS, VOL. 1, collects work from a session cut in '58, and features two albums of material (the tracks were originally released on GREAT SCOTT! and SHIRLEY'S SOUNDS, respectively).
As the title indicates, these are trio dates, with drummer Arthur Edgehill and bassist George Tucker rounding out the group. Scott's approach to the organ is polished and assured, yet her solos contain plenty of bop-influenced intensity, as on "(Back Home Again In) Indiana." She also vibes on Latin rhythms ("Brazil"), downshifts impressively to smoky blues ("I Can't See For Lookin'"), and tackles several standards ("Bye Bye Blackbird").