Tom Scott - New York Connection [Ode Records SP-77033] (1975)

Released: 1975
Country: US
Label: Ode Records
Catalog: SP-77033
Genre: Jazz, Jazz-Funk

Item# SR-ODSP77033
Ratings: C=VG; LP=VG+

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Dirty Old Man
02 Uptown & Country
03 New York Connection
04 Garden
05 Time And Love
06 Midtown Rush
07 Looking Out For Number 7
08 Appolonia
09 You're Gonna Need Me

New York Connection
Tom Scott

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Album Review

Alex Henderson []

For New York Connection, Scott left his L.A. Express in California and ventured to the Big Apple to join forces with keyboardists Bob James and Richard Tee, guitarist Hugh McCracken, drummer Steve Gadd and others who -- like the saxman -- had decent jazz chops, but devoted much of their time to R&B/soul session work. While Scott was never in a class with Stanley Turrentine, Grover Washington, Jr. or David ''Fathead'' Newman, gritty, down-home smokers like ''Midtown Rush,'' ''Dirty Old Man'' and ''Look Out for Number Seven'' provide additional evidence that he was indeed a capable, enjoyable soloist who, at the time, played from the heart. Though softer pieces such as ''Time and Love'' and the [album's] title song make for a sort of disco-ish ''easy listening,'' they're far more substantial than the rubbish that was to come.