Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Tony Scott - 52 St. Scene & Free Blown Jazz

White clarinetist Tony Scott (1921), real name Anthony Sciacca, was a late comer to the scene of bebop and cool jazz, playing on Sarah Vaughan in Hi-Fi (may 1950) with the gotha of bebop (trumpeter Miles Davis, trombonist Benny Green, guitarist Freddie Green), and forming a Septet that recorded Scott's Fling (january 1955) with trombonist Kai Winding and bassist Milt Hinton. He experimented with several formats that shunned the ruling styles. An Orchestra consisting of members of Count Basie's and Duke Ellington's orchestras plus a rhythm section with pianist Bill Evans, Hinton and Green, recorded The Touch (july 1956), containing "Vanilla Frosting On A Beef Pie", and The Complete (february 57), containing "I'll Remember April". Three permutations of trumpeter Clark Terry, baritonist Sahib Shihab, trombonist Jimmy Knepper, pianist Bill Evans, bassist Henry Grimes, drummer Paul Motian recorded the twin albums My Kind of Jazz (november 1957), The Modern Art of Jazz (november 1957), containing Blues For 3 Horns, and Free Blown Jazz (november 1957), with "Portrait Of Ravi". Scott played clarinet, sax, piano, mandolin on Sung Heroes (october 1959), also known as Dedications, whose pieces were dedicated to dead musicians, the recording that, de facto, marked the debut of the Bill Evans Trio with Paul Motian and Scott LaFaro.
In 1960 Scott left the USA and went to explore the Far East. The result was Music For Zen Meditation (february 1964), a collaboration with koto player Shinichi Yuize and shakuhachi flute player Hozan Yamamoto (notably the trio "The Murmuring Sound of the Mountain Stream", the koto-clarinet duets "After the Snow", "the Fragrance", "Prajna-Paramita-Hridaya Sutra" and "Sanzen"), that predated both new-age music, world-music and ambient music. Having contributed to create the hare krishna zeitgeist of the hippy era, Scott followed that exploit with Homage to Lord Krishna (november 1967) and especially Music for Yoga Meditation and Other Joys (february 1968), a duet with sitar player Collin Walcott. Journeys to Africa yielded the solo percussion album Music for Voodoo Meditation (1971), on which Scott played only African percussions, African Bird - Come Back Mother Africa, with the 16-minute "African Bird Suite" (february 1981) that married Charlie Parker and African percussion, and the triple-CD Voyage Into a Black Hole (1988) for radio waves, clarinet and synthesizer.
Scott died in Italy in 2007.
Piero Scaruffi

Source :

Tony Scott
52 St. Scene
Free Blown Jazz


1 Blues For the Street (Scott)  11:11
2 Love is Just Around the Corner (Gensler, Robin)  4:07
3 Body and Soul (Grey, Heyman, Eyton)  4:27
4 Mop-Mop (Hawkins)  2:45
5 Lester Leaps In (Young)  5:14
6 Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be) (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman)  3:42
7 Woody 'N' You (Gillespie)  2:05
8 'Round Midnight (Hanighen, Williams, Monk)  3:42
9 Ornithology (Harris, Parker)  5:10
10 There Will Never Be Another You (Warren, Gordon)  4:37
11 Portrait of Ravi (Scott)  4:24
12 I Can't Get Started (Duke, Gershwin)  6:53
13 Gone With the Wind (Wrubel, Magidson)  6:04
14 The Explorer (Scott)  6:34
15 If I'm Lucky (I'll Be the One) (Darwin, Girad)  3:05
16 The Chant (Scott)  3:36


[# 1 & 2]
Joe Thomas - tp
J. C. Higginbotham, Wilber De Paris - tb
Tony Scott, Pee Wee Russell - cl
Al Casey - g
Sonny White - p
Oscar Pettiford - b
Denzil Best - dr
Recorded August 6, 1958
[# 3 & 9]
Coleman Hawkins - ts
Tony Scott - cl
Jimmy Knepper - tb [# 9 only]
Tommy Flanagan - p
Gene Ramey - b
Walter Bolden - dr
Recorded same date as above ?
[# 4-8]
Tony Scott - cl & bs
Al Cohn - ts
Red Rodney - tp
Jimmy Kenepper - tb
Mundell Lowe - g
George Wallington - p
Oscar Pettiford - b
Roy Haynes - dr
Recorded same date as above ?
[# 10-16]
Tony Scott - cl
Sahib Shihab - bs
Clark Terry - tp
Jimmy Knepper - tb
Bill Evans - p
Henry Grimes or Milt Hinton - b
Paul Motian - dr
Recorded June 25, 1959


Luis said...

Thank you for this beautiful album, as usual in Jasmine label. To add additional info about Tony biography, must be said that he died on Roma, 28 de marzo de 2007.

jose arboleda said...

muchas gracias.

Lou Vascek said...

I have never listened to Tony Scott before- thank you so much for bring this great artist to our attention.

Paco's brother said...

De la musique plein les oneilles, merci.

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

zero said...

Really interesting assemblage of lineups. Thank you!

Unknown said...

Tony Scott is new to me I believe will check his bio -- love the guys he's playing with -- look forward thanks

rich sims said...

Can someone tell me what the PW is to these albums? I can't find it. Sorry I'm a little dense on this site. Thanks much.

agmosk said...

I bought the vinyl of Free Blown Jazz in 1958 or 1959 for probably $1.
Thanks so much for resurrecting it for me!

@rich sims-The"PW" is in the upper right hand corner of the blog

AmyBRAINS said...

Beautiful album!!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

neil said...

Had the 'Free Blown Jazz', mel, but not the other album; many thanks...

Jazzsoulman said...

Thanks a lot

hepcat said...


Excellent, what more can I say except many thanks


Chris said...

Thanks Mel for these interesting albums, quite a cast of players

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

Musrafak said...

Hi, Melanch. Thanks so much

According to the Free Blown Jazz (Carlton STLP 12/113)session was at NYC, on November 16, 1957. Unfortunately, the album info is extremely insufficient, rare thing in Jasmine Records

sandor essedy said...

thanks a lot.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Newlyner said...

Sorry Mel. Forgot to thank you for this great post. So ... Many thanks :)

Thomas said...

Thanks for the great post of a sometime neglected artist.

rubberduck said...

Many thanks Mel !

Melanchthon said...

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Special thanks Mel.
For me, Bill Evans is my favourite musician since 1975.
I have this album, but thank you very much.
I think that Bill Evans's recording date was 1957-11-16.
Have a very nice day.

Mike said...

Tony Scott may be a little too cerebral for me, but thanks for the opportunity to find out!

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

thanyk you for this one. I am looking forward to hearing it.

sotise said...

thanks very much!

Luis Lorenzo said...

Muchas gracias Mel!

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel.

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

Anonymous said...

Just came across this post, dear MM - fabulous music, thanks so much. What would happen to this, "If Not For You", to quote George Harrison.