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Southfield Saxist Celebrates New Album Release

Of the Oakland Press

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Saxophonist Randy Scott gets to celebrate the release of his fourth CD, “Breathe,” with a hometown show at Detroit’s Seldom Blues.

But while home is where his heart is, Scott says it’s not necessarily where the big paydays are.

“I don’t make the same kind of money here as I do in other states,” explains Scott, 38, a Michigan State and Wayne State graduate who resides in Southfield with his pregnant wife and their 3-year-old daughter. “When I leave here, I’m treated like a king. I guess the idea of ‘local musician’ here is kind of taboo.

“So I only play on a semiregular basis in the city.”

Scott gets plenty of work done here, however. In addition to his own recording he’s a regular as a producer and player — particularly on the gospel scene, where his credits include Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, J. Moss, Vickie Winans, Jacky Clark and Tim Bowman.

“I try to listen to everything,” Scott explains. “One of the criticisms I have of a lot of artists is they’re narrow-minded. They only listen to the style of music that they do.

“I listen to everything from the Dixie Chicks to ... right now I’m into Lifehouse and Maroon5, Alicia Keys. I have total respect for every single genre of music, and it plays into what I do in a good way.”

Randy Scott celebrates the release of his new album, “Breathe,” at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 10th) at Seldom Blues, 400 Renaissance Center, Detroit. Admission is $25; a dinner package is available for $60. Call (313) 567-7301 or visit www.seldomblues.com.

Web Site: www.seldomblues.com

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