Raymond Scott: Twilight in Turkey


Twilight in Turkey


Raymond Scott (piano)


Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights (Columbia/Legacy 65672)

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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: 97/100 (learn more)

Despite being co-opted for many long-lived Warner Bros. cartoons, Raymond Scott's late-1930s music has largely been forgotten. Encountering it now is like opening an heirloom music box from which figurines pop up to play a quaintly charming tune. Except as you listen and peer down, you're gradually, irresistibly drawn into this strange tableau. You lean closer. The figurines have come alive! They're more than entertaining. They're your new best friends. And that music! You realize it's neither quaint nor charming. It's completely, utterly, certifiably insane! And you want it never, ever to stop. Welcome to the world of Raymond Scott.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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