Dred Scott is reviewed by Take Effect with Rides Alone

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Dred Scott

Rides Alone

Ropeadope, 2019


Listen to Rides Alone

An extremely prolific artist, Dred Scott has either played on or been the leader of over 60 albums now, in addition to being a co-founder of the innovative outfit Alphabet Soup.

On Rides Alone, the legend plays all instruments to tunes he penned (minus the lone Eric Crystal track), as the nature-esque elements unfold fluidly from beginning to end.

“Coal Creek Road” starts the listen with keys and light percussion in a shuffling setting that meets classical sounds, and “Wonder” follows with piano acrobatics in a dreamy, reflective setting.

Elsewhere, the tumbling sounds of “Remember, PN” where elegance and a cinematic quality are in attendance, flows with a timeless quality, while “Consolations” has pop sensibilities and synth invading the soothing yet playful album highlight. “Goodbye, America” ends the listen cautious yet adventurous with restrained melodies and a skilled, universal appeal that permeates the entire affair.

Although most of us know Scott as a piano player, he’s remarkable with bass, drums and shaker, too, showing us just how versatile he can be on this fantastic piano focused record.

Travels well with: Bari Koral Family Rock BandThe Apple Tree & The Honey Bee; Sasha DobsonInto The Trees

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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