tisdag, mars 06, 2007

Jimmy Scott

Lately I have been listening a lot to Jimmy Scott, a now 82 year old jazz vocalist that suffered from Kallman's Syndrome. A disease that made his voice forever stay in that of a boy soprano's. His life story seems incredible.

He does a fantastic version of Bryan Ferrys "Slave to love" that is featured on his 1998 album "Holding back the years". Here it is live, equally stunning:

Short interview by David Byrne in the end too.

Here is another fine song with him

A lot of other people like him too:

"Jimmy Scott is perhaps the most unjustly ignored American singer of the 20th century"
The New York Times Magazine
"Jimmy Scott is the only singer who can make me cry"
"Jimmy Scott had soul way back when people weren't using the word"
Ray Charles
"The most extraordinary voice I've ever heard in my life"
Lou Reed