Raymond Scott: Powerhouse
Raymond Scott (piano)
Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights (Columbia/Legacy 65672)
Raymond Scott (piano),
Dave Wade (trumpet), Pete Pumiglio (clarinet), Dave Harris (tenor sax), Lou Shoobe (bass), Johnny Williams (drums).
Composed by Raymond Scott.
Recorded: New York, February 20, 1937
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
La beauté folle des machines, Ravel called it—the mad beauty of machines. But beware: artists who investigate such phenomena themselves risk being declared insane. Long after Ravel's death, French neurologists found evidence of cerebral dysfunction, particularly in his mechanistic Boléro (1928), which manifested “the influence of disease on the creative process.” Brooklyn-born Raymond Scott hasn't been dead long enough to be clinically diagnosed, but "Powerhouse" shows similar preoccupation with the automated workings of cylinders, gears, generators, pistons, rods, turbines and valves, all meshing towards a common goal of smoothly motive efficiency. In other words, it swings. Crazy, man, crazy
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz