- Released: March 1, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Entertainment Weekly - 12/4/92, p.65
"...Even divorced from animated antics, [the tunes] are irresistibly loony..." - Rating: A
Musician - 3/93, p.94
"...How did Scott produce such memorable music while remaining a mystery? By writing for the movies and cartoons, that's how. And if you think Tex Avery did amazing things with pen and ink, wait'll you hear the magic Scott's Quintette pulled from his scores..."
- 2.The Toy Trumpet
- 3.Tobacco Auctioneer
- 4.New Year's Eve In A Haunted House
- 5.Manhattan Minuet
- 6.Dinner Music For A Pack Of Hungry Cannibals
- 7.Reckless Night On Board An Ocean Liner
- 8.Moment Musical
- 9.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 Over Newark
- 18.Minuet In Jazz
- 19.War Dance For Wooden Indians
- 20.The Quintet Plays Carmen
- 21.Huckleberry Duck
- 22.Peter Tambourine
- 23.Bonus Track 1
Personnel: Raymond Scott (piano, celeste); Art Ryerson, Vince Maffei (guitar); Pete Pumiglio (clarinet); Benny Lagasse, Slats Long (clarinet, alto saxophone); Stan Webb, Hugo Winterhalter (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Reggie Merrill (alto saxophone); Dave Harris, Wendell DeLory, Charles McCamish, Art Drelinger (tenor saxophone); Dave Wade, Russ Case, Stephen Market, Lawrence Stearns, Bert LaMar, Gordon Griffin, Mike Meola, Willie Kelly (trumpet); Irving Sontag, Joe Vargas (trombone); Bernie Leighton, Walter Gross (piano); Lou Shoobe, Fred Whiting, Ted Harkins, Chubby Jackson (bass); Johnny Williams, Andy Picard (drums).
Recorded in New York between 1937 and 1940. Includes liner notes by Irwin Chusid.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Though few people have ever heard the name Raymond Scott, almost everyone knows his music. In the 1940s the musical director of Warner Brothers Studios, a man named Carl Stalling, began using adaptations of Scott's wildly inventive compositions to season Looney Toons and Merrie Melodies animated shorts. Many of Scott's pieces, therefore, such as "Powerhouse" and "New Year's Eve In A Haunted House," immediately bring to mind visions of Bugs and Daffy. To relegate this man's brilliant work to mere "cartoon music" however, is gravely unjust.
Using the jazz quintet and traditional swing music as a springboard, Scott's aesthetic is complex, intense, whimsical and utterly original. Employing accelerated meters, radical juxtaposition and collage elements, heavy percussion (including xylophones, bells, whistles and chimes) and startling dynamic and phrasing techniques, Scott's group sound like nothing that came before or has come since. The real appeal of this work, though, is that while it deconstructs, warps and electrifies traditional jazz, it remains immanently accessible. RECKLESS NIGHTS is the perfect introduction to the challenging and charming work of this oft-overlooked artist.