Bug Music: Music Of The Raymond Scott Quintette, John Kirby & His Orchestra, And The Duke Ellington Orchestra
 : Bug Music: Music Of The Raymond Scott Quintette, John Kirby & His Orchestra, And The Duke Ellington Orchestra

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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0075597943825
Item Dimensions: 5950422559
Label: Nonesuch
Languages: EnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Nonesuch
Model: 2014250
MPN: 1696104
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Nonesuch
Release Date: October 15, 1996
Studio: Nonesuch

Disc 1:
  1. The Dicty Glide
  2. Frasquita Serenade
  3. St. Louis Blues
  4. Wondering Where
  5. Bounce Of The Sugar Plum Fairies
  6. Charley's Prelude
  7. Royal Garden Blues
  8. Siberian Sleighride
  9. The Penguin
  10. The Quintet Plays Carmen
  11. Powerhouse
  12. Tobacco Auctioneer
  13. War Dance For Wooden Indians
  14. Cotton Club Stomp
  15. Blue Bubbles
  16. SNIBOR
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, John Kirby and Raymond Scott all employed groundbreaking compositional techniques that both bewitched the public and critics alike. With Bug Music, clarinetist Don Byron, an inventor and innovator in his own right, has reexamined this substantial body of American music. Rather than simply playing the tunes as note-for-note recreations, Byron has chosen to "recognize 'out' ideas in other composers, recycle them and synthesize something new within the circumstances of their own era and genre; to combine information from outside sources with one's individual sense of what is possible." (Byron, from the liner note). Bug Music is another of Byron's explorations into the possibilities of ensemble music. Byron further expands this reputation by viewing this body of work in a way that has not been done before - as another framework that describes the potential of improvisatory and scored music, from yesterday and tomorrow.
When Duke Ellington began to slip classical motifs and structures into his jazz compositions in the '30s, two fellow composers took his example as a challenge to do the same. Raymond Scott played movie music, led the house band on the popular radio show, "Your Hit Parade," and supplied much of the music for Carl Stalling's famous cartoon scores; John Kirby led a jazz combo that included Ben Webster, Russell Procope and Charlie Shavers. All three bandleaders are saluted on Bug Music. The music inside is playful and joyful, with Byron's clarinet skipping and jumping through the catchy melodies and quirky rhythms. In fact, what's most striking about the recording is not the mix of jazz and classical music, but the mix of jazz and humor, an all too rare combination these days. --Geoffrey Himes

Average Rating: none

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