RAYMOND SCOTT

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Composer, bandleader, and inventor Raymond Scott was among the unheralded pioneers of contemporary experimental music, a figure whose genius and influence have seeped almost subliminally into the mass cultural consciousness. As a visionary whose name is largely unknown but whose music is immediately recognizable, Scott's was a career stuffed with contradictions: though his early work anticipated the breathless invention of bebop, his obsession with perfectionism and memorization was the very antithesis of jazz's improvisational ethos. Though his best-known compositions remain at large thanks to their endless recycling as soundtracks for cartoons, he never once wrote a note expressly for animated use, and though his later experiments with electronic music pioneered the ambient aesthetic, the ambient concept itself was not introduced until a decade after the release of his original recordings.

Born Harry Warnow in Brooklyn on September 10, 1908, he was a musical prodigy, playing piano by the age of
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The Jingle Workshop: Midcentury Musical Miniatures 1951-1965The Jingle Workshop: Midcentury Musical Miniatures 1951-1965
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RAYMOND SCOTT Raymond Scott's Drawing Room album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Raymond Scott's Drawing Room
Exotica 1949
RAYMOND SCOTT This Time With Strings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
This Time With Strings
Exotica 1957
RAYMOND SCOTT Raymond Scott Conducts The Rock 'N Roll Symphony album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Raymond Scott Conducts The Rock 'N Roll Symphony
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1958
RAYMOND SCOTT The Unexpected album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Unexpected
Exotica 1960
RAYMOND SCOTT Soothing Sounds For Baby Volume 1 : 1 To 6 Months album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soothing Sounds For Baby Volume 1 : 1 To 6 Months
Exotica 1963
RAYMOND SCOTT Soothing Sounds For Baby - Volume 2: 6 To 12 Months album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soothing Sounds For Baby - Volume 2: 6 To 12 Months
Exotica 1963
RAYMOND SCOTT Soothing Sounds For Baby - Volume 3: 12 To 18 Months album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soothing Sounds For Baby - Volume 3: 12 To 18 Months
Exotica 1963
RAYMOND SCOTT Música Para La Intimidad album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Música Para La Intimidad
Exotica 1966
RAYMOND SCOTT Popular Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Popular Music
Exotica 1982
RAYMOND SCOTT The Uncollected Raymond Scott Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Uncollected Raymond Scott Vol. 2
Exotica 1985
RAYMOND SCOTT The Raymond Scott Project Volume One: Powerhouse album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Raymond Scott Project Volume One: Powerhouse
Exotica 1991
RAYMOND SCOTT The Chesterfield Arrangements 1937-38 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chesterfield Arrangements 1937-38
Exotica 1999
RAYMOND SCOTT Manhattan Research Inc. album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Manhattan Research Inc.
Exotica 2000
RAYMOND SCOTT Kodachrome album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kodachrome
Exotica 2002
RAYMOND SCOTT 1948-1949: Ectoplasm album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1948-1949: Ectoplasm
Exotica 2008
RAYMOND SCOTT Radio Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Radio Music
Exotica 2009
RAYMOND SCOTT Suite For Violin And Piano album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Suite For Violin And Piano
Third Stream 2012
RAYMOND SCOTT Manhattan Research album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Manhattan Research
Exotica 2017

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RAYMOND SCOTT live albums

RAYMOND SCOTT The Uncollected Raymond Scott album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Uncollected Raymond Scott
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1984
RAYMOND SCOTT Microphone Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Microphone Music
Exotica 2003

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RAYMOND SCOTT The Music of Raymond Scott: Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Music of Raymond Scott: Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights
Exotica 1992
RAYMOND SCOTT Soothing Sounds For Baby album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soothing Sounds For Baby
Exotica 1999
RAYMOND SCOTT Toonerville Trolley 1940-1944 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Toonerville Trolley 1940-1944
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2005

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RAYMOND SCOTT The Music of Raymond Scott: Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights

Boxset / Compilation · 1992 · Exotica
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RAYMOND SCOTT is known as the man who made cartoons swing and although he is hardly a household name, his music has most likely been heard by everyone in one form or another. This compilation RECKLESS NIGHTS AND TURKISH TWILIGHTS showcases the earliest stage of his career when he lead his band the RAYMOND SCOTT QUINTETTE. It is this period where he composed some of his biggest hits which proved to be big sellers in their time and immortalized forever after he sold his music publishing to Warner Bros in 1943. The music director Carl Stalling would then adapt his music to the extensive Loonie Tunes catalog. Over the years his unique brand of exotic jazz has become a staple for that cartoony feel and his music has found its way into the likes of The Simpsons, Ren And Stimpy, The Oblongs, Batfink and Duckman as well as the never-ending reboots of Looney Tunes cartoons themselves. All the compositions on this compilation were recorded from 1937 to 1940.

RAYMOND SCOTT's intent was to lead his Quintette in order to revitalize the swing in jazz music. He was unorthodox in his approach and irritated many a jazz purist for his disregard of what was thought to be “proper” jazz. His compositions are energetic, busy and complex yet always catchy and although improvisation went into the creation of his music, once finished, the music remained exactly as completed. SCOTT had an affinity for incorporating classical music into his mix as well. No other track is this as obvious as his version of Mozart's “Rondo Alla Turca” which finds itself adapted into a jazz context and titled “In An 18th Century Drawing Room.” Another attribute that set SCOTT apart from most other jazz musicians of the day was the fact that although he was the leader of the band, he rarely took the limelight of performing solos himself and left that to the other members of the band. SCOTT was a pianist and the focus is mostly directed on the brass.

To my ears, RAYMOND SCOTT's music has many diverse influences ranging from the classic dixieland jazz, to the early piano jazz of Art Tatum with other sounds being borrowed from Western classical music, Klezmer and Middle Eastern music. The brilliance is in how well it is woven together seamlessly into a cohesive whole and despite the complexities of the music always comes across as a gleeful sonic stomp throughout imaginary lands which lends itself perfectly to the cartoon world in which it has been used the most. This cartoon swing sound in the RAYMOND SCOTT QUINTETTE would not persist though as in the beginning of the 40s he would take on new projects including collaborating with Les Paul and Mary Ford to record pop songs and would eventually take on the entirely different musical world of electronic music in its infancy.

The true legacy of SCOTT won't be from the scant few recordings that he would release but from the influence he laid down leading to a wealth of samplings, reinterpretations and covers finding its way into the disparate artistic arenas of film, television, theater and countless different musical genres. For example, samples can be found on albums by the trip hop group Gorillaz, the progressive rock band Rush, hip hop acts such as J Dilla, indie rock acts such as TV On The Radio and even in ska by the the band Save Ferris. A truly underrated jazz icon who may not have found the biggest success under his own name but achieved it in a rather strange roundabout under-the-radar way. On this compilation you can hear his own version of his own music as originally released.

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