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Boom Boom Live in Japan

by Cynthia Scott

There are very few jazz singers left made of the real thing and this CD proves she is definently one of them as she swings her socks off and then continues to serenade you with her jazzy so-in-tune contralto voice.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction
0:29 album only
2. World On A String
5:09 album only
3. I Want To Be Happy
3:15 album only
4. Nice And Easy Does It
4:37 album only
5. What A Wonderful World
4:19 album only
6. Thought About You
4:13 album only
7. Day By Day
4:14 album only
8. Our Love Is Here To Stay
3:31 album only
9. Under My Skin
5:19 album only
10. Down Home Blues
8:37 album only


Album Notes
Why the title BOOB BOOM? While performing in Japan with the late Joe Williams trio under the directions of NORMAN SIMMONS, her efforts to document this event produced this live recording called "BOOM BOOM" CYNTHIA SCOTT LIVE IN JAPAN with THE NORMAN SIMMONS TRIO" featuring LISLE ATKINSON on bass and PAUL HUMPHREY on drums. After seeing and hearing her performance the promoter started to call her Boom Boom, so that became a standard joke between her and Mr. Simmons.

When he calls her on the phone or address her in the public he no longer calls her Cynthia but Boom Boom. Jazz guitarist, RUSSELL MALONE heard this recording and personally called Cynthia up to say girl, normally musicians have to swing the singer but you swung the blank blank out of that band.(you can fill in the blank blank) His quote on her CD is "great vocal instrument, great choice of material and great soul and swing."

Jazz singer MARK MURPHY also heard the CD and commented "Cynthia swings her socks off and then continues to serenade us with her jazzy so-in tune contralto that goes in and out of so many wonderful old chestnut songs...sort of like she is really singing with COUNT BASIE. NORMAN SIMMONS did the linear notes for this CD, that you can read below or under Current News at WWW.CYNTHIASCOTT.COM. His comment on this CD is "There are very few jazz singers left made of the real thing and she is definitely one of them." Two live CD's released at the same time. DO I DARE? Yes she did, they are now available for purchase thru her website WWW.CYNTHIASCOTT.COM, Jazzworld.Com or CD Baby.Com as well as selected stores.
AMG All Music Guide gives this CD a 4 star rating so read what they have to say........
Live in Japan -- Boom Boom
Artist  Cynthia Scott
Album Title  Live in Japan -- Boom Boom
Date of Release  2003
AMG Rating 
Genre  Jazz
Type  live
Library View  Click here to see this album in MARC formatAMG REVIEW: Cynthia Scott has the type of voice that invites you to sit back and relax as she tells you some of her favorite musical stories on Live in Japan &mdash Boom Boom. Accompanied by the Norman Simmons Trio, Cynthia Scott allows her listeners to relive the concert at their leisure, but at the same time you actually feel her warmth and the excitement of really being there. She sings nine great songs from the Great American Songbooks of Arlen, Mercer, and Gershwin, but ends the CD with a blues called "Down Home Blues" to round out the concert and add depth to her repertoire. The group is in the pocket throughout the set &mdash grooving from the downbeat on "I've Got the World on a String." Her arrangement of "I Want to Be Happy" is a superb rendition, with her weaving in and out of a waltz and swing. Scott's alto is reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan at times. But when one compares this CD to the previously Grammy-nominated A la Carte, listeners will now hear her amazing musical growth and her ability to finesse a ballad with the same lovely nuances used by such great vocalists as Lena Horne or Carmen McRae. Great soul and great swing round out this superb offering. &mdash Paula Edelstein

LINEAR NOTES OF "LIVE IN JAPAN" CD written by NORMAN SIMMONS entitled "BOOM BOOM."............. "This event is too significant not to be documented" Cynthia Scott felt that way the instant she agreed to make the trip to Japan with me. She was making reference to our twenty-year friendship and this was going to be our first opportunity to professionally perform together. A recording would definitely be the appropriate medium to document this period of our history.

Cynthia is a star deserving a much brighter light. I recognized her spark of artistic professionalism when we first met. I don't know where it came from, perhaps like some others who grew up in areas with just enough of a balance between obscurity and exposure to strengthen their focus and dedication. She is a worthwhile study for a host of young vocalist today who are developing their art without valuable aid of apprenticeship. The masters of the past are now practically non-existent.

Cynthia grew up in Arkansas, but was musically indoctrinated in Dallas, Texas. I met her there when I first performed at the Fairmont Hotel, with singer JOE WILLIAMS. Dallas was a quality local music scene and Cynthia was already an important part of it. She assumed that if I was playing and conducting for a star like Joe Williams, that I had musical knowledge of value to her and we spent endless hours together talking about the profession of music.

I mark the period of our meeting by her vocal rendition at the funeral of RED GARLAND, when I accompanied her. RED GARLANDS'S funeral was preached by DR. ZAN HOLMES, who is a very popular ex-minister musician and who has had explosive prominence in Texas. Dr. Holmes was a friend of Joe Williams and Joe sang on his pulpit whenever he visited Dallas.

Since moving to New York, she has remained as curious and tenacious as ever. She has graduated from Manhattan School of Music with both a Bachelor Degree and a Master's Degree in Music. Cynthia held the position of featured orchestra vocalist at The Supper Club in New York City until the September 11th trade. The Supper Club was not a great venue of exposure for a jazz artist even though it supported a jazz orchestra that included some very fine players. Cynthia, Cancer the Crab, will option to work from a rock of security rather than "carry the log."

Cynthia was not about to "carry the log" of destitution and struggle, as our society expected most of our talented to do. She was soon getting steady gigs around the New York area after moving into her Brooklyn apartment.

"I'm on my way over to your place...." "That's about how abrupt our phone conversation was when she decided she needed some consultation. We discussed her attack on New York including her feelings about more formal education. This lady has some universal plans. About her immediate goals, I told her that she must prepare her recording material for specific markets of exposure. She wasted no time in producing her own jazz CD, "I Just Want To Know."

I really had no idea what to expect when I asked her to do the Japan tour with me. Likewise, the other members of the instrumental trio, Lisle Atkinson and Paul Humphrey, had never met and we would hit our opening series of concerts in Japan with no rehearsals.

Cynthia now lives in upper Manhattan, New York, Lisle and I in New Jersey, and Paul in Los Angeles, California. I knew that Lisle and Paul were very competent accompanists and of level temperament. I previewed Cynthia's possible program and she left it up to me as leader to shape it as I saw best.

She opened her set with "I've Got the World on a String" and we were right in "the pocket" grooving from the downbeat. My first reward was the realization that this was a team that really jelled. The trio was appreciated with great enthusiasm and when Cynthia made her appearance, it was her show, and the accompaniment never over played her.

I don't believe that education should be necessary for an audience to enjoy the music. However, if anyone happened to participate in a black Baptist Church Revival, they'd have an in-depth perception of how Cynthia uses her performing powers. She reaches out to gently touch you with her groove and harnessing your emotions to hers. She controls her power and when she let you have it, you've had it! You're ready for the holy waters.

The Japanese were enthralled and spellbound by these performances. Sometimes they were to intimidated to respond when she invited them into her performances; and believe me, the Japanese are not that shy when it comes to performance. But by the time Cynthia had worked her way to her closer, "Down Home Blues," the audience was pounding their hands together with a rhythm so hard and definite that the trio could play on their beat.

Cynthia brought one special arrangement of "I Want To Be Happy" which she said she'd heard Lena Horne sing. It weaves in and out of waltz and swing. She is equally infectious on "Nice and Easy Does It" and "Wonderful World." You can hear on the live recording that there were members of the audience who were coming up to the stage as if they were taking communion.

Cynthia's magnetism extended beyond the stage and, of course, that enhanced the image of our entire group. I hate to imagine returning there without her. She was so convivial that you would swear that she spoke Japanese. Our sponsor, Hideko Hamada, enjoyed Cynthia like an old friend that she had not seen in a long time. We called her Mamma-san. They hung out together like two old friends and Mamma-san showered Cynthia with many personal gifts.

Mamma-san and Cynthia were of a similar mind set, single and independent, which created a warm female friendship. Cynthia's congeniality was also a credit to Mamma-san Hideko's entrepreneurial relations with her clients. Mamma-san's description of the American woman's physical physic was "BOOM BOOM." 'Boom' out on the chest, 'Boom' out in the rear. Cynthia was endowed with the perfect 'BOOM BOOM.' So now when Cynthia and I see each other we rekindle the joy of this tour with a greeting of "BOOM-BOOM."


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wow what a singer.the best i have heard this year.I have played this cd for several of my friends all think the same.I have given this cd to the local press for review the guy was knocked out.These cds have everything going superb jazz singing with brilliant backing.Im afraid the diana kralls of this world are in the 2nd division for me,this lady is a star,where have you been recording wise before.

all the best p.ramsden

Bruce Heckman

terrific singer with taste and great backup piano.
This CD shows that real jazz singing is living and well. Cynthis Scott gives you good taste, aplomb, humor, and just plain fun. Norman Simmons has played with everyone who ever sang a great jazz song, and continues to support and amplify Ms. Scott's singing. Enjoy it.


A Must Have
I now have all 3 Cynthia Scott cds. Each is terrific, with a somewhat different feel to each one. So get all 3--you won't be disappointed. A gorgeous voice by any standard!

Michael Hehn

Cynthia is definitely the real thing
I hated the introduction that they gave her, but she didn't have much control over that. Sometimes she held a note for too long, but apparently her audience enjoyed it and they were the people she was singing to. About 2% of this CD needs to be tuned way down and the rest is just excellent.

Scott Boggs

Buy this CD!
I think every song on this CD is fantastic, but my favorites are Miss Scott's versions of Nice n Easy and What A Wonderful World. Her singing on this CD is just beautiful and I would encourage any fan of jazz vocals or female vocals in general to purchase this CD. Cynthia Scott is an amazing vocalist. The band on this date was also superb.