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Scott, Yonrico: Be In My World

Yonrico Scott has been the longtime drummer for the Derek Trucks Band, but with that band going on extended hiatus in 2009 so the guitar master could focus on the Tedeschi Trucks Band with his wife Susan Tedeshi, Scott has kept himself busy with session work as well as starting up a solo career. His new release Be In My World is a collection of fun songs that bring to the table funk, rock, jazz-fusion, jam, and R&B, and the drummer has brought along with him a large cast of musicians to help along the way.

Opener "Confused" kicks things off in high gear, featuring a horn section, the swirling organ from DTB alumni Kofi Burbridge, and a scorching guitar solo from Matt Morgan. "Feel the Glow" continues with the funk, as deep grooves, horns, and slick guitar work drive this catchy tune, which is led by Scott's nimble drum work and solid vocals. The guitar solo on this one is contributed by Nick Johnson, and it's another good one. Trucks makes an appearance on the instrumental "Hear Me Now", which has a bluesy/gospel feel, and also features the sizzling sax of Mace Hibbard. Once Hibbard concludes his lengthy solo, Derek launches into one of his trademark slide guitar excursions, before the two trade off lines to close out the piece.

Other highlights include the jazz-fusion burner "When You Click You Clack", which features some great interplay between Burbridge (both keys & flute this time) and Hibbard, the Isley Brothers influenced R&B of "Not Alone", the smooth jazz of "A Day in Nice" (with some great guitar from Grant Green Jr.), the percussive monster "To the Land", and the deep funk grooves of "Feet Wet". Though there's some hot material here, I would have liked to see more of the funk and jazz-fusion, and less of the R&B ballads, though even those are well done and could have mass appeal. Overall Be In My World is an enjoyable release from a master drummer who looks to have a lot of surprises up his sleeve for a wide variety of listeners.

Track Listing
1 Confused
2 Feel The Glow
3 Hear Me Now
4 Open Spirit
5 When You Click You Clack
6 Not Alone
7 A Day In Nice
8 To the Land
9 Feet Wet
10 Walk Between The Raindrops
11 Gotta Get Back to Love
12 Be In My World

Added: September 22nd 2012
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Artist Website
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Language: english

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Scott, Yonrico: Be In My World
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2012-09-22 07:01:10
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Be In My World is the debut solo release from The Derek Trucks Band drummer Yonrico Scott. As you'd expect from a stick-smith, it's thick with grooves and ready to party, not prepared take no for an answer when you are asked to join the fun. This is infectious stuff, with stomping beats, lasting melodies and a sing along, good time vibe washing all of your cares away. Musicians come and go from song to song, with the likes of Kofi Burbidge (keys/flute), Oliver W Wells (keys) and Derek Trucks (guitar) showing up among over 30 guest musicians to ably take Scott's well crafted songs and sprinkle a little magic over them. The mood varies through up and at 'em foot-stompers, melancholic instrumentals and smooth soulful crooners, creating an album that gleefully veers from jazz to funk, through rock and soul.

The musicianship throughout is unquestionably high, as trumpet, sax and flute compliment the more usual guitar and bass - and of course Yonrico's excellent drumming and percussion. All of the styles are handled well, with the almost Al Jarreau like smoo-oo-ooooth tones of "Open Spirit" allowing Scott to shine on drums, keyboards, vibes and vocals, where he duets with Ronda Scott to great effect, while "A Day In Nice" adds a touch of French to the vocals to make for a rangy jazz workout that neither self-indulges, nor is frightened to stretch out. However it is when Yonrico lets loose that things get really tasty, with the eclectic percussion workout of "To The Land" being a particular highlight while the smashing groovefests of "Confused" or "Feel The Glow" easily hit it out of the park. Unfortunately the pounding brass infused tracks are outnumbered by the slower more introspective moments, leaving things a little too one paced as the album progresses. But that is a minor complaint when all the songs still have the ability to cut through and make a mark.

It isn't often that a drummer shuffles his way to the front of the stage, but Yonrico Scott is undoubtedly one willing and capable of holding the spotlight in his own right. When he asks you to Be In My World, it is an invitation you should readily accept!

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