The music of R. Scott is a unique mix of deep soul, New Orleans-style r&b, jazz, blues, cabaret and pop styles forging a sound of its own - keyboard based and horn heavy(!). Scott has worked with a roster of artists, musicians, vocalists that has been evolving since 1995. Staying prolific with an eclectic string of releases with groups West Coast Harem (jazz/funk), The Redd Foxx BBQ (lounge), OO Soul (latin/funk) and The Helmut Stein Experience (soul/blues) to his credit, his current release - Snake Oil Elixir - is his first as a solo artist.
Snake Oil Elixir was originally conceived as a "Mock Opera Musical". It is presented here in the classic "LP" form -not a concept album but a 10-song cycle using music to reflect the American landscape. Mixing dark humor, raunch and a touch of the macabre Scott tells lyrical tales of sin, soul and salvation.
PRESS TELEGRAM/U MAGAZINE (LOCAL BURNS by Ryan Ritchie (4/6/07) Long Beach, CA
**** - 4 stars
Former Helmut Stein Experience keyboardist R. Scott presumably sent in the 10-song disc for a review, but unfortunately, what he's getting instead is some free advice. Dear Scott, as much as it pains me to say this, pack your bags and move to New Orleans already. Your music is far too good for any town that won't recognize it to it's fullest potential. I've been to the Crescent City (as I assume you have), and we both know it's where you belong. I thought your former band, the Helmut Stein Experience, was amazing and never quite got the props it's deserved. When I heard you went solo, I doubted your ability to top your previous group, but somehow you have. The opening title track is a killer romp through cabaret-influenced jazz, while your raspy vocals on "Calico Grey" and "Midnight Crawler" are begging to be sung in a dark club with moss growing through the cracks somewhere off Royal Street. The swinging "Nawlins Bound" proves you know what I say is true., so make a break for it. Long Beach is surely going to miss you, but you owe it to yourself. Please send me a postcard when you get settled and let me crash on your couch next time I'm there.
THE OC REGISTER/ORANGE POP (by Robert Kinsler 5/11/07)
Anyone wondering whatever happened to the Helmut Stein Experience (winner of best Blues Band at the 2005 Orange County Music Awards) or Latin funk-mining OO Soul need not fear; singer-keyboardist Scott is back with his first solo project, and it's a joy.
"Snake Oil Elixir" is a self-described "10-song cycle using music to reflect the American landscape." Influences ranging from New Orleans R&B and Randy Newman-styled pop are used to complete Scott's opus. Highlights include the Charlie Musselwhite-styled Mississippi blues of "Devil May Care" and infectious "Midnight Crawler."