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Kim Scott – Southern Heat

Sept. 21, 2016

The lovely flutist Kim Scott continues to dazzle us as she releases yet another demonstration of her skills on the instrument she pkim-scottroudly owns — literally and figuratively – on her latest Southern Heat album. The project contains just that – a lot of charm and heat.

Leading off with a hot, stompin’ version of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” most assuredly making the King of Pop smile with pride, Scott dances effortlessly and fluidly through this album with confidence, finesse, funk, and attitude.

Following the impressive MJ cover, the flutist shows off her vocal skill and her obvious affinity for a huge dose of funk as she then covers Lakeside’s “Fantastic Voyage” with all of the oomph you’d expect on a track with this much power.

Moving deeper into her groove, Scott beckons you to join her on the dance floor with “Sizzle,” featuring trumpeter Lin Rountree, always a fine asset on anyone’s album.

Taking a sweet and mellow time-out, the flute charmer settles into the beautiful “Forgiveness,” just what the doctor ordered for overworked energy — that moment of peaceful reflection.

Oh, but don’t get too comfy in that chair because the fire continues to climb with a back-to-back trio of hotties – the Latin-influenced “Glorious,” “What You Stank About That” (how’s that for a title?), and a dance party thang, “Groove With Me (Stank remix).”

So, yes, this is how Ms. Scott likes her cup of jazz groove – hot and filled to the brim with class. She’s rapidly becoming one of those artists who doesn’t know the meaning of ho-hum music. Mediocrity is obviously not welcome at this party. – Ronald Jackson