Dred Scott – “Rides Alone” – Ropeadope Records
St Louis born Scott has recorded eleven self-produced albums and has performed on a remarkable fifty or more other works. Talk about a kid getting around. Currently based in New York, Scott plays in various outlets in the greater NY area and is the house pianist at the 4 -Star restaurant Del Posto. In his latest release, “Rides Alone,” Scott plays all the instruments, piano, bass and drums. Think of it as a one-man band trio. This is a straight up, traditional jazz work that has both upbeat tracks, as on track seven, “Wild Turkeys,” as well as some more somber tracks such as track one, “Coal Creek Road.” Recorded in Northern California, Scott wrote all eight tracks and as previously mentioned, played all the instruments and produced the CD as well. I also thought the recording was excellent with some of the piano parts exploding on my system.
Overall: 8/10 Sonics: 8.5/10