Tuesday, June 10, 2008
06.10.08: RAYMOND SCOTT
"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." -Jason Ankeny
Tonight we pay tribute to one of the unsung greats. We will pull from Raymond Scott's early jazz quintet and big band repertoire as well as his electronic scores for '60s commercials and short films plus some (as of yet) not re-released gems.