Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Eddie Costa

... died in an automobile accident in New York on this day in 1962, age 32. At a relatively young age, Costa had been a well-traveled and -hired session vibraphonist and pianist, racking up countless prestigious credits in the jazz world. He also led and recorded with his own ensembles. Costa recorded at least twice for Raymond Scott: on the Secret 7 album The Unexpected (1960), and on the Scott-produced Miss Gloria Lynne (1958, which featured many of the same legendary session vets later to appear on S7*). Item from the Morning Herald, Uniontown PA, August 7, 1962:
Over 100 names from the music world attended Wednesday's funeral service for Eddie Costa, young vibraphonist-pianist who died last weekend in an auto accident. Raymond Scott told the widow, Jean, he would never again use vibes in any of his recording dates because Eddie "cut everybody."
While the sentiments expressed by Scott were noble and no doubt sincere, his commitment was facilitated by the fact that by 1962, Scott rarely worked with musicians. His musical collaborators at that point were amalgams of circuitry and solenoids. Thanks to Fernando Ortiz de Urbina for the news clipping. * Historical footnote: both albums also featured liner notes by Nat Hentoff.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Cargo cult

Sound manipulist Grohs, founder of doombient subsonic rock outfit Regolith and host of the obscure music night Radioolio, offers a UK DJ tribute to Scott at London's Cargo on August 21. BBQ and cocktail specials included. Grohs emailed:
It's going to be very similar to a set I put together for the Solid Steel radio show and the set I played at "Cartoons and Weirdness – A Tribute to Raymond Scott," where Stu Brown's Scott Project performed. It's going to be a 2-hour set of music by Scott, music influenced by him, and recordings that have sampled Scott, as well as cover versions.

Friday, July 17, 2009

QSF: Boy Scout in Switzerland

Jeremy Cohen's Quartet San Francisco performing Scott's "Boy Scout in Switzerland" for string quartet. A studio version appeared on QSF's CD Whirled Chamber Music, along with six other RS tunes.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Stu Brown's Scott Project gig alert

Stu Brown's virtuosic Raymond Scott repertory sextet will be performing at the: on August 8 as part of the festival's Scottish (no pun intended, but appreciated nonetheless) Jazz Expo. Don't forget the band has a great new CD which is fully endorsed by the Raymond Scott mavenhood.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

bells toll

A ringing endorsement of Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" by "musical percussion theatre" ensemble Campanile. Played from a piano score with added keyboard part by Jeff Batdorf.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Kings of Swing:
Chamber Jazz 1927-1940

An upcoming concert in London, presented by BBC Radio’s Russell Davies, will include five Raymond Scott pieces: "The Penguin," "Powerhouse," "Minuet In Jazz," "War Dance For Wooden Indians," and "In An 18th Century Drawing Room."
Also to be presented is the elegant virtuosity of the John Kirby Sextet, the piquant jazz harpsichord of Artie Shaw’s Gramercy Five, Duke Ellington's distinctive orchestrations for small bands, and the contrasting styles of jazz violin greats, Stephane Grappelli and Joe Venuti.

WHEN: Thursday, July 16th, 2009, at 7:30pm WHERE: Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Todd Schorr: American Surreal

Todd Schorr is a leading figure in Southern California's cartoon-based art movement, dubbed Pop Surrealism, which embraces lowbrow imagery and a ribald graphic style indebted to popular culture. Check this video preview of the Los Angeles-based artist's newest retrospective, set to a tune that's familiar to our ears. (More here, here, here, & here.)