Rhoda Scott – Live At The Club Saint-Germain

27 Jun

Rhoda Scott - Live At Club Saint-Germain DS154p front

A hip, double-length set recorded at the Club Saint Germain in Paris on May 16th & 17th 1974 – often with a good deal of funk in the mix! Rhoda’s working here in a slightly expanded version of her usual format – her own Hammond organ in the lead, plus drums from Cees Kranenburg and tenor sax from Leo Johnson – the last of which makes for a wonderful addition to the groove! Most tracks are quite long, and build with a good sense of energy – almost jamming at times, with the drums used much more heavily than on other Scott albums. And Johnson’s sax is great too – bringing in a sharper edge that really deepens the soul, and helps show a side of Rhoda that wasn’t always caught on record at the time.

Reissue: New Full-Length Decode

Release: DS154p r2

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’



9 Responses to “Rhoda Scott – Live At The Club Saint-Germain”

  1. Owen Smith July 2, 2015 at 17:52 #

    This is the sort of jazz I like. Track 1 is superb, a jazz take on the opening from Also Sprach Zarathustra aka 2001 and I can’t get enough of it at the moment. The rest isn’t quite as good for me but is very enjoyable nontheless. All the instruments are very clear and easily followed, and there is one track where Rhoda is very quietly singing along to her organ part. I’m sure I couldn’t hear that with the previous SQ/II decode.

    The quad captures the sense of space of the club, it’s not an active mix but the rears convey well the room we’re in. There’s a bit of chat and other stuff going on, it’s clear that not everyone is giving their entire attention to the music. I keep expecting a waitress in a Playboy bunny suit to sashay up to me and ask if I’d like a martini, it feels like that sort of club.

    • Owen Smith July 2, 2015 at 17:55 #

      Having re-read OD’s notes I should add that the drums are really good here, if Rhoda doesn’t usually feature them that much that’s a shame. Some of the drum solos/feature sections are fantastic. The bass parts are really groovy, and the sax adds greatly to the whole as it cuts through the mellow sounds of the organ and bass. Definitely funky, groovy stuff.

    • Owen Smith July 2, 2015 at 18:15 #

      Correction – previous decode was SQ*Final according to the disc I’ve just chucked away. No wonder this decode is a lot clearer.

      • oxforddickie July 2, 2015 at 18:35 #

        There’s a world of difference between the two process’s. It’s not until you listen back you realise just how far it’s come.

  2. Owen Smith July 2, 2015 at 15:29 #

    This says SQ CD and process Sphinx, which can’t both be true.

  3. sdorttuii plmnr June 28, 2015 at 20:46 #

    Thankyou for all your efforts that you have put in this. very interesting info .

  4. lupineassassin June 27, 2015 at 19:01 #

    Thanks for re-upping this one. 🙂

  5. Highlander June 27, 2015 at 18:58 #

    Appreciate the new full length decode OD, this is a good album! Thank you. 🙂

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