The Music of Raymond Scott: Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
The name may not be immediately familiar, but the music itself certainly is; to anyone weaned on the legendary Warner Bros. cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s, Raymond Scott's deliriously inventive freak jazz is the soundtrack of childhood, with each and every note capable of conjuring up indelible images of such immortal characters as Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Daffy Duck. The WB connection is both Scott's greatest legacy and his greatest curse, however; he never composed a note specifically for cartoons, and his most memorable and distinctive melodies were actually co-opted for animated use by Warner's brilliant music director, Carl Stalling. Reckless Nights and Turkish ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
The name may not be immediately familiar, but the music itself certainly is; to anyone weaned on the legendary Warner Bros. cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s, Raymond Scott's deliriously inventive freak jazz is the soundtrack of childhood, with each and every note capable of conjuring up indelible images of such immortal characters as Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Daffy Duck. The WB connection is both Scott's greatest legacy and his greatest curse, however; he never composed a note specifically for cartoons, and his most memorable and distinctive melodies were actually co-opted for animated use by Warner's brilliant music director, Carl Stalling. Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights, then, restores Scott's work to its original, stand-alone setting, confirming his cult reputation as one of the most innovative and original musical thinkers of his era. Even free of cartoon mayhem, his music is remarkably visual and colorful, perfectly evocative of such surreal titles as "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals" and "War Dance for Wooden Indians"; probably the best-known cut here is the opening "Powerhouse," a uniquely mechanized piece used in any number of cartoons and television commercials and a perfect summation of Scott's intricate arrangments, complex shifting rhythms, and formal lunacy. Recommended for listeners ages eight to 80.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972429427
  • Catalog Number: 724294
  • Sales rank: 14,385

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Raymond Scott Primary Artist, Piano, Celeste, Cello
Chubby Jackson Bass
Bernie Leighton Piano
Russ Case Trumpet
Art Drelinger Tenor Saxophone
Gordon Griffin Trumpet
Walter Gross Piano
Hugo Winterhalter Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Art Ryerson Guitar
Stanley Webb Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Pete Pumiglio Clarinet
John Williams [drums] Drums
Reggie Merrill Alto Saxophone
Lawrence Stearns Trumpet
Johnny Williams Drums
Fred Whiting Bass
Slats Long Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Wendell Delory Tenor Saxophone
Benny Lagasse Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Vince Maffei Guitar
Mike Meola Trumpet
Andy Picard Drums
Lou Shoobe Bass
Irving Sontag Trombone
Dave Wade Trumpet
Charles McCamish Tenor Saxophone
Dave Harris Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Irwin Chusid Producer, Liner Notes
Raymond Scott Composer
Hal Willner Executive Producer
Debra Parkinson Engineer, Mastering
Risa Zaitschek Art Direction
Raymond Scott Quintette Contributor
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