Picks and Pans Review: Apple Juice
While he’s only 33, saxophonist Scott has recorded with everyone from Carole King and Barbra Streisand to Blondie and George Harrison. He’s written music for episodes of such TV series as Barnaby Jones, Starsky and Hutch and Baretta. He’s scored films like Uptown Saturday Night and Stir Crazy. And he’s played in the Blues Brothers band (everyone’s entitled to one mistake). This vibrant jazz-rock album reflects that wide experience in the most positive way. He does some R&B tenor honking on Apple Juice, fills in behind Dr. John’s growling guest vocal on So White and So Funky and fronts the gentle In My Dreams with a lovely solo on the lyricon, an electronic instrument of all trades he uses as a trombone in this case. Scott, who had a hand in writing every tune on the album, allows room for the ample talents of his backup band, including keyboardist Richard Tee, percussionist Ralph MacDonald, bassist Marcus Miller and drummer Steve Gadd, who slams out another of his powerhouse solos on the jam session-like Instant Relief. Recorded in January at the Bottom Line in New York, the LP brims with the spontaneous energy of the best kind of live performance.