Life of a Dreamer

“Corner of the World”

(Blue Canoe Records)

As the longtime drummer for the Derek Trucks Band, and later for the Royal Southern Brotherhood, Yonrico Scott knew how to drive the action from behind his kit. Of course, the Detroit native had absorbed many of those groove fundamentals as a teenager while studying with Motown drummer George Hamilton, and performing with heroes such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Freddie Hubbard and Sonny Stitt, to name a few. Scott, who died at age 63 in 2019, had also led his own bands, recording four albums under his own name for the Blue Canoe imprint. His 2016 release, Life of a Dreamer, displays several facets of Scott’s wide-ranging musicianship, utilizing jazz, funk and rock sensibilities on an eclectic set of material. On the album’s self-penned title track, Scott reveals his mallet skills with a gorgeous unaccompanied marimba intro. The rest of the unit soon joins in, an ecstatic horn section elevating the mood ever higher, with standout work from trombonist Kevin Hyde. Scott tattoos a big drum beat on the proceedings, then re-enters on marimba toward the song’s exuberant close.

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