Gettin’ In The Way.
Very few female Jazz singers manage to cross over from that somewhat claustrophobic genre into the mainstream of music. Jill Scott started out as a poet, reading her poems in a performance style. She later collaborated as a songwriter and vocalist with other artists, before releasing her first record in 2000. Depending on where you read it, you will find her described variously as a Soul singer, Rap artist, or Hip-Hop performer. For my money, she is a Jazz singer, undeniably. The style may be modern, the constructions might seem familiar to some rappers you have heard, and the overall effect does sometimes sound like sung poetry; but believe me, it’s Jazz.
There is a great voice in there, showcasing real talent, good songwriting ability, and a style bordering on unique. She is almost her own musical genre, and she has acted in films and on TV too. Issues with her record company caused a gap in her output, but she continues to record and perform today. This is far from the usual kind of song featured on this blog, but I felt that I had to include this one, purely for the effect that it had on me, almost fifteen years ago.