Betty Scott/Lennie tristano: Betty Scott Sings with Lennie Tristano (2002)
Perhaps the play list and the requiem manner in which Tristano was playing, laid an impossible task on Scott. There was very little opportunity to vary her delivery. Moreover, Tristano often plays as if she isn't there as he indulges his block chord technique to create all sort of improvisation on the melody line. His harmonious meanderings are worth the price of the album alone. Listen to him digress on the melody line of "Stairway to the Stars". If his playing supports the singer, it's not by design, but by coincidence. Scott does break the mold on a few tunes such as "Like Someone in Love" where the pianist lays off on the embellishments and lets the singer take the lead. But it's mostly Tristano's show and maybe that's the way he wanted it, treating Scott's voice as his accompanist rather than the other way around.
Track Listing: If I Should Lose You; I'll Close My Eyes; It Could Happen to You; Stairway to the Stars; I Remember You; Embraceable You; I Should Care; You Don't Know What Love Is; All the Things You Are; Don't Worry About Me; Like Someone in Love
Personnel: Betty Scott - Vocal; Lennie Tristano - Piano
Record Label: Jazz Records