Friday, February 13, 2015

Powerhouse for string quartet

Violinist Jeremy Cohen, leader of Quartet San Francisco, has been a longtime champion of Raymond Scott and recorded a number of Scott tunes arranged for string quartet on the QSF album Whirled Music. Cohen has made the string arrangement for Scott's "Powerhouse" available through his ViolinJazz Editions series ("New pearls for adventurous chamber musicians").

Scott's early Quintette works have occasionally been referred to as "chamber jazz," so it's fitting that they be arranged for and performed by chamber ensembles. The Kronos Quartet recorded an arrangement of Scott's "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals" on their album Released 1985-1995. Kronos have also performed Scott's "Powerhouse," "The Penguin," and "Twilight In Turkey," but they haven't recorded these titles nor have they published the arrangements.

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