Shirley Scott Queen Talk: Live at the Left Bank

Release date:
November 17, 2023
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Queen Talk: Live at the Left Bank is an official never before released concert recording from one of the greatest female jazz organists of all-time, Shirley Scott, featuring a powerhouse trio with George Coleman on tenor saxophone and Bobby Durham on drums, plus special guest vocalist Ernie Andrews on three tracks. This hand-numbered, limited edition to 3,000, double LP set was transferred from the original tape reels and is pressed on 180-gram vinyl, features 100 minutes of music and is packaged in a gatefold sleeve with an extensive booklet with liner notes by acclaimed music writer A. Scott Galloway; rare photos by Don Schlitten and Raymond Ross, and memorabilia from the Left Bank archives; plus interviews with jazz organ icon Joey DeFrancesco, former Shirley Scott bandmate, saxophonist Tim Warfield, and pianist Monty Alexander reminiscing about drummer Bobby Durham. The set is co-produced by label owner musician Cory Weeds and renowned archival recording producer Zev Feldman.

The show was recorded at the Famous Ballroom in Baltimore Maryland on August 20, 1972 and hasn't ever been previously available. Philadelphia born Scott rose to fame in the late 1950s playing the Hammond B-3 organ influenced by blues and gospel evolving into '60s soul jazz. She recorded numerous albums for Prestige, Impulse!, Atlantic, Cadet and Candid performing with countless jazz legends including Stanley Turrentine, Oliver Nelson, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Clark Terry and Kenny Burrell.

The 10-track set cooks on songs of the day like "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "You Don't Mess Around With Jim," and "Never Can Say Goodbye," along with standards such as "Smile," "Witchcraft" and John Coltrane's "Impressions."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:

Never Can Say Goodbye
Like Someone In Love

Disc 2:

Blues By Five
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
You Don't Mess Around With Jim
Girl Talk
Blues (Unknown)


Some of the most exciting ensemble playing you will have ever heard. The 12-and-a-half minute opener, John Coltrane's 'Impressions,' is so fast and furious that you can't believe these superheroes had anything to leave on the table for the rest of this blowout performance.' --Variety

An archival treasure...From beginning to end, this is first class, high energy, unrelenting, honest and straight-ahead jazz at its best. --L.A. Jazz Scene

4.5 stars! Throughout, her playing is boldly harmonic and rhythmically assured, marked by thick chordal blasts that shimmer like waves in the sun...on Queen Talk: Live at the Left Bank, Scott is jazz royalty personified. --All Music Guide

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