Vintage work by Raymond Scott – the maestro of magical music, caught here in the prime of his swing years! The set features 2 CDs worth of material – all sides from the late 30s, performed by Scott with a small group that includes tenor, clarinet, percussion, trumpet, bass, and celeste! The style is similar to some of Scott's more familiar cartoon compositions – upbeat, lively, frenetic, jazzy, and with lots of cool little touches. The instrumentation looks conventional at the outset, but the sounds that Scott gets out of the group are wonderful – as whimsical as any 30s Warner Brothers cartoon, and perhaps even more so, as there's a lot more here left to the imagination! Titles include "A Little Bit Of Rigoletto", "Egyptian Barn Dance", "The Penguin", "War Dance For Wooden Indians", "Girl At The Typewriter", "Microphone Music", and "Tobacco Auctioneer". 40 tracks in all – with some great notes too!
(Out of print.)