This Time With Strings
"Raymond Scott's reputation as a 20th century musical maverick has grown in the 21st century. Sometimes considered the 'Man Who Made Cartoons Swing' because dozens of his melodies were enshrined in classic Warner Bros. animation of the 1940s and '50s, Raymond Scott was a man of numerous accomplishments: chamber-jazz composer, big band leader, electronica pioneer, intrepid audio engineer, music visionary. Scott's 100th birthday is celebrated in 2008, and Basta is planning a series of compilations of unreleased archival recordings, reissues, and remix projects. Scott (1908-1994), who was both musician and inventor, musically re-invented eleven of his compositions for full orchestra and strings on the 1957 album This Time With Strings. It is now being released as part of Basta's Essential Reissue Series -- the first time the album has appeared on CD. Many of these tunes were originally recorded by Scott's novelty jazz six-man Quintette in the late 1930s; others date from the 1940s and '50s. All get a spectacular makeover under the baton of the legendary maestro. This Time With Stringscontains some of Scott's most famous works, including Quintette favorites 'Powerhouse,' 'The Toy Trumpet,' and 'Twilight in Turkey,' retooled for an expanded setting. 'There are many of the old Quintette things in this LP,' said the composer in the original liner notes. 'Also some older things for dance band, material written for Broadway and the screen, and some of my more recent writing. Indeed, a potpourri given hi-fidelity dressing, and a certain vividness in string treatment.' The CD booklet includes the complete original liner notes by jazz historian Burt Korall. The album was recorded in glorious monophonic sound, which is retained on CD. No artificial processing. Crank up the hi-fi!"