Few live albums actually capture the magic that occurs when a performer and audience are vibing on all cylinders.
Few live albums actually capture the magic that occurs when a performer and audience are vibing on all cylinders. Donny Hathaway's classic 1972 live set
at New York City's Bitter End is one of those few, but here's another candidate. Still riding high on her acclaimed 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, the singer is caught in the act at Washington, D.C.'s Constitution Hall on this two-CD set, which includes seven new songs. Backed by her tight, tasty band Fatback Taffy, Scott reels off such crowd-pleasers as "Long Walk," "Gettin' in the Way," and "The Way" with the confidence of a seasoned vet. On disc two, Scott applies her jazz, R&B, and hip-hop-fused musings to a slate of new studio tracks. Best of the lot: the keep-on-keepin'-on anthem "Gotta Get Up (Another Day)," the cosmic "Sweet Justice," and "High Post Brotha" with Common. Then she returns to her roots on "Thickness," a poem about youth and self-esteem recorded in concert at Philadelphia's Tower Theater. With
this experience, Scott once again
shows just who she is.—GM