Friday, May 29, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
I learned of this Raymond Scott thru an email query to RaymondScott.com:
I explained to Georgia that there is no known blood relation. Yet the manifesto on young Scott's site reveals some striking similarities in musical philosophies: "I'm taking the bull by the horns and doing it my way, callin' the shots, and putting out an album on my own. This stuff is real, it's raw, and it's 100 percent Ray. I'm calling the project 'CRAZY LIKE ME,' I think you'll agree that's a pretty fitting title. The tattoo on my left arm says 'Create the Path,' damn right! The time has never been better in the music biz to do something different - independent of these narrow-minded, chicken-shit, so called behemoth record companies."
From: Georgia B.
Date: September 22, 2008 2:43:49 PM EDT
To: Jeff Winner
Subject: Young Ray Scott
Is the country singer, Ray Scott, that is
so popular now, Raymond Scott's son? They
don't have the same voice. I love the young
Ray Scott's bassy voice! And I love his music!!
Our Raymond Scott didn't have tattoos and was not known to use colorful language like "damn right" or "chicken-shit," but he was often accused of being crazy. The two also share a penchant for descriptive titles. Examples from country Scott's albums include "Do It With The Lights On," "Ashtray On A Motorcycle," "Rats Don't Race," and "Sometimes The Bottle Hits You Back." Damn right, indeed. Check this video for "Hell Got Raised."
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
This Portland OR-based sextet's press kit describes them as "European Cabaret! Vintage Americana! Balkan Belly Dance! Neo-Classical Opera! Old World Yiddish Theater!" (Exclamation points theirs.) VO's new album, The Zeitgeist Beckons, features a calamitous rendition of Scott's spooky "New Year's Eve in a Haunted House."
Friday, May 15, 2009
Les Deutsch writes:
We have scheduled a full-blown Raymond Scott tribute concert for the evening of Monday, May 18 at 8:00 in Caltech's Dabney Hall. This will feature "The Caltech Jazz Quintette" with vocal guest star Kjerstin Williams. We will perform about a dozen Scott Quintette tunes – from both versions of his Quintette. This will include several charts written to feature Dorothy Collins with the Q. I'll be playing piano (the easiest part!). My tenor man is already complaining.