Thursday, 5 May 2016

Reckless Nights And Turkish Twilights

Reckless Nights And Turkish Twilights - The Music Of Raymond Scott 
The Raymond Scott Quintette - 1937-1940

01 - Powerhouse
02 - The Toy Trumpet
03 - Tobacco Auctioneer
04 - New Year's Eve In A Haunted House
05 - Manhattan Minuet
06 - Dinner Music For A Pack Of Hungry Cannibals
07 - Reckless Nights On Board An Ocean Liner
08 - Moment Musical
09 - Twilight In Turkey
10 - The Penguin
11 - Oil Gusher
12 - In An 18th Century Drawing Room
13 - The Girl At The Typewriter
14 - Siberian Sleighride
15 - At An Arabian House Party
16 - Boy Scout In Switzerland
17 - Bumpy Weather In Newark
18 - Minuet In Jazz
19 - War Dance For Wooden Indians
20 - The Quintet Plays Carmen
21 - Huckleberry Duck
22 - Peter Tambourine

You've probably heard more music by the Raymond Scott Quintette than you realise. In 1941 Warner Bros. licensed Scott's Quintette compositions and by 1943 almost all the Merrie Melodies or Looney Tunes cartoons featured Scott's music. The zaniness of the music perfectly underscored the mayhem of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Roadrunner or Sylvester & Tweety. In more recent times they have been used on Ren & Stimpy, Batfink, Duckman and the Simpsons. By the time his music was used by Warner Bros., Scott had moved on to other things, most notably being a pioneer in the world of electronic instruments and music with his Manhattan Research Inc. (more about that another time).

Click on the YouTube links below of 'Powerhouse', 'Twilight In Turkey' and 'The Toy Trumpet' and see how many cartoon characters they bring to mind...........

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