MIKE SCOTT

Soul Jazz / Post Bop / Hard Bop • Japan
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Guitarist Mike Scott plays with equal parts energy and spirit, lyricism, swing, creativity, a soulful and expressive touch, and always with a well crafted sense of rhythm. Mike has been an active part of the Los Angeles jazz scene since the late 90's when he started playing his first professional gigs. In addition to his accomplishments as a guitarist Mike is also well known for his compositions. His debut CD "Good Place To Be" featured 8 original songs and his 2011 release "Fallen Peach" was comprised entirely of his own compositions. Mike has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad in both intimate jazz clubs and large concert halls. ​​Mike was born in Fukuoka, Japan while his father was stationed overseas. He grew up in Ohio, New Jersey, and Arizona before moving to Southern California at the age of 18 to pursue a career in music. He studied at Fullerton College read more...
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MIKE SCOTT Good Place to Be album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Good Place to Be
Hard Bop 2007
MIKE SCOTT Fallen Peach album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fallen Peach
Post Bop 2011
MIKE SCOTT Collecting Things album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Collecting Things
Soul Jazz 2020

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MIKE SCOTT Collecting Things

Album · 2020 · Soul Jazz
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Mike Scott is a 20 year veteran of the Los Angelas music scene and every ten years or so he puts out a CD of original music. His latest, “Collecting Things”, is his third album as a leader and finds him performing an eclectic, but relaxed set of hard bop, blues, Latin jazz and folk rock instrumentals. Scott has that Jim Hall influence that we tend to associate with the west coast, plus a good dose of Wes Montgomery’s blues jazz. In a recent interview, Pat Metheny complained that too many current guitarists sound like himself, well Pat would be happy to know that Scott does not sound like Pat, or any other guitarists with that contemporary soft sound. Instead, Mike’s attack has some welcome bite to it, somewhat like John Schofield, but without a trace of John’s well known clichés. Helping Mike out here we also have the keyboards of Joe Bagg, plus Darek Oles on bass and Jake Reed on drums.

Mike has a background in classical guitar, and his training in expressive finger picking pays off on the opening classically flavored “Sol Minor Prelude”. This is followed by three hard bop/blues tracks with “Jack’s Dilemma” achieving a nirvana like tranquil balance with its very cool space blues vibe reminiscent of “All Blues” and “Killer Joe”. “On a Clear Day” is the one cover on the album and it is given a Latin rhythm which also applies to the next two numbers. Mike concludes the album with a couple soulful rock ballads that have a Curtis Mayfield or Bobby Womack vibe to them.

“Collecting Things” is one of those albums that will probably slip by a lot of people. Mike’s playing is somewhat understated, but he is very musical and repeat listens will surely play to this CD’s advantage. The aforementioned “Jack’s Dilemma” is a great song for showing Mike’s strengths. A simple melodic statement packed with a lot of soul and delivered with perfectly patient timing.

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