Kodachrome: Raymond Scott Compositions for Orchestra

Kodachrome: Raymond Scott Compositions for Orchestra

by Metropole Orkest
     
 

Kodachrome is Basta Records' fourth and best effort so far in re-creating Raymond Scott's endlessly imaginative and oh-so-treacherous-to-play repertoire. In the case of Kodachrome, 17 Scott originals are selected from among his lesser-known works, mainly big band scores, radio production music, and commercial advertising work. Although some of this musicSee more details below

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Kodachrome is Basta Records' fourth and best effort so far in re-creating Raymond Scott's endlessly imaginative and oh-so-treacherous-to-play repertoire. In the case of Kodachrome, 17 Scott originals are selected from among his lesser-known works, mainly big band scores, radio production music, and commercial advertising work. Although some of this music was recorded by Scott himself, the originals are currently unavailable, and in a few instances this music is only known from manuscript sources. There is many a little masterpiece here, among them "Fifinella," which will be familiar to fans of old-time radio as a collection of cues scattered throughout various broadcasts. Also there is "Secret Agent," an amazing 1942 piece which demonstrates that Raymond Scott was already thinking in the Mancini mode when Henry Mancini himself was still in high school. Although some of Scott's titles are "cartoony," none of this is cartoon music in a specific sense; pieces such as "A Bullfighter and His Piccolo," "Birdseed Special," and "Two Young Lads in Saxophone School" were written as "extras" for vintage radio programs. "Symphony Under the Stars," inspired by a 1938 evening spent at the Hollywood Bowl, and "Kodachrome" were both written for Scott's ill-fated 1942 big band -- whereas "Naked City" was written in the early '50s for no specific reason and seems to bear a kinship with Scott's music for the Broadway show Lute Song. Such is the range of the wealth of rare material that is included here, and it is played expertly well by the Metropole Orchestra. Add to that the exhaustive and well-written liner notes by Will Friedwald and the striking cover, and you have a disc that will be of considerable interest to Scott's increasing following. Beyond that, non-specialist big band fans should take note of this also; it not only may be of interest to you, it may well be the outstanding big band release of 2002.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/03/2002
Label:
Basta Records
UPC:
0723724480926
catalogNumber:
3091182

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Performance Credits

Metropole Orkest   Primary Artist
Bart Van Lier   Trombone,Soloist
Max Boeree   Clarinet,Saxophone
Linda Dumessie   Violin
Jan Elsink   Trombone
Wim Grin   Cello
Olaf Groesz   Cello
Henk Heijink   Trumpet
Jan Hollander   Trumpet,Soloist
Leo Janssen   Clarinet,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Rami Koch   Violin
Dennis Koenders   Violin
Wim Kok   Violin
Eddy Koopman   Percussion
Frits Landesbergen   Drums
Jan Oosthof   Trumpet,Soloist
Marijn Rombout   Violin
Aimee Versloot   Viola
Simone Vierstra   Violin
Hans Vroomans   Piano,Celeste,Soloist
Arlia de Ruiter   Violin
Herman Rieken   Percussion
Ruud Breuls   Trumpet
Johan Plomp   Bass
Tom Van Bergeijk   Guitar
Cornell Van Vuuren   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Mieke Honingh   Viola
Jan Stulen   Conductor
Seya Teeuwen   Violin
Hugh Den Ouden   Human Whistle,Soloist
Erica Korthals Altes   Violin
Jos Beeren   Clarinet,Saxophone
Friederike Darius   Flute
Martin de Kam   Trombone
Julia Jowett   Viola
Arend Liefkes   Double Bass
Marc Scholten   Clarinet,Saxophone
Leo Van Oostrom   Clarinet,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Janine Abbas   Flute
Finn Möricke   Viola
Marianne Van Den Heuvel   Violin
Eric Winkelmann   Double Bass
Bastiaan Van Der Werf   Cello
Jeroen Rol   Trombone
Carla Schrijner   Cello
Norman Jansen   Viola

Technical Credits

Gert-Jan Blom   Producer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Kellie Strom   Artwork

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