Kodachrome: Raymond Scott Compositions for Orchestra

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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: 9/3/2002
  • Label: Basta Records
  • UPC: 723724480926
  • Catalog Number: 3091182
  • Sales rank: 112,040

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Metropole Orchestra 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
Guido Tichelman Mastering
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