With six albums to her credit, Marilyn Scott knows what works for her.
With six albums to her credit, Marilyn Scott knows what works for her. For her Prana debut, the singer/songwriter remains true to her smooth blend of jazz, pop, soul, and R&B. To that end, Walking With Strangers deftly sets the right mood for quiet dinners for two (and what may follow). The Brenda Russell-penned "All of the Above" is a sleek groove that is complemented by Scott's smoky alto. The album's title track, the set's most upbeat fare, pops along at a midtempo pace. Two songs—"No Room for Hate" and the bonus/hidden track "A Call for Peace"—take on added poignancy in the aftermath of Sept. 11. "Warmth and harmony extend to one and all . . . Every language here is spoken," Scott sings on "No Room for Hate." In addition to highlighting Scott's strong songwriting and sultry vocals, Walking With Strangers features an all-star cast of session players, including Patrice Rushen, Jimmy Haslip, and Terri Lynn Carrington, among others. Distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance.—RH