RAYMOND SCOTT The Music Of Raymond Scott: Reckless Nights And Turkish Twilights (1992) & Tex Avery Cartoons: Music From The Tex Avery Original Soundtracks (1993)

The Music Of Raymond Scott – Reckless Nights And Turkish Twilights (1992)
Tex Avery Cartoons – Music From The Tex Avery Original Soundtracks (1993)
The Music That Helped To Shape And Define Cartoon Orchestration

Two more examples of music that infiltrated the minds of unknowing youngsters via Saturday morning cartoons and movie shorts. Scott Bradley scored the outrageous Tex Avery cartoons (and early Tom & Jerry, among others) with a mixture of standards and careening orchestration similar to the work of the master, Carl Stalling (HERE). In reality, the pair were contemporaries and the studios that produced both Avery & Merrie Melodies cartoons were once joined at the hip. So listeners will quickly hear the similarities with early Warner Bros. Bugs and Road Runner shorts. This 1993 release features six soundtracks, most with sound effects and/or dialog, and while most listeners may be partial to Stalling’s sprawling catalog (Warners having the more generally popular cartoons), fans of colorful orchestration should enjoy Bradley’s work.

Raymond Scott, on the other hand, is an altogether different musical beast. Scott fronted an actual jazz band (for lack of a better definition) in the late 30s, playing this music for reefer toking hipsters years before Warners‘ musical director Carl Stalling began to incorporate Scott’s unusual world view into his own daffy cartoon scores. Scott had a way of making his Quintette (1937-1939) sound like everything from chortling, propulsive machinery to lush Turkish harems – which seemed to perfectly jive with the imagery of early 40s cartoons (…and beyond. Scott’s music re-surfaced in the 90s via Ren & Stimpy productions). What’s cool about Scott’s compositions is that they’re performed by a live, working band that wasn’t limited (if cartoon music could ever be considered limited) by any attached visuals. To be fair, Scott’s work actually inspired some of those visuals in the first place. Not being a student, I’ve never fully grasped Scott’s Turkish/Arabian fetish, which colors much of his work, but the descriptive and often geographical titles alone should tell you The Quintette was operating on an altogether different plane. (Later, Scott plowed even fresher ground with his pioneering work in sound synthesis and electronic music in the 1940s, which explains how a jazz composer gets write-ups in Popular Mechanics.)

Cell Bound (5:07)
Little Johnny Jet (7:21)
TV of Tomorrow (6:34)
Three Little Pups (2:59)
Deputy Droopy (5:35)
Dragalong Droopy (7:32)

Powerhouse (2:57)
The Toy Trumpet (2:59)
Tobacco Auctioneer (2:36)
New Year’s Eve In A Haunted House (2:22)
Manhattan Minuet (2:41)
Dinner Music For A Pack Of Hungry Cannibals (2:56)
Reckless Night On Board An Ocean Liner (3:05)
Moment Musical (2:17)
Twilight In Turkey (2:43)
The Penguin (2:38)
Oil Gusher (2:39)
In an 18th Century Drawing Room (2:40)
The Girl At The Typewriter (3:02)
Siberian Sleighride (2:52)
At An Arabian House Party (3:20)
Boy Scout In Switzerland (2:51)
Bumpy Weather In Newark (2:56)
Minuet In Jazz (2:51)
War Dance For Wooden Indians (2:31)
The Quintet Plays Carmen (2:40)
Huckleberry Duck (2:52)
Peter Tambourine (2:55)
Egyptian Barn Dance (Rehearsal) (0:20)


  • Capt. Willard
    November 30, 2009 - 15:40 | Permalink

    Find both HERE

  • nick
    November 30, 2009 - 23:18 | Permalink

    that Raymond Scott disc is key. oh for the days when stuff like this was the choice the reefer-toking hipster elite. Great post!

  • Anonymous
    December 1, 2009 - 17:42 | Permalink

    I fucking love Raymond Scott.

  • DickGreenleaf
    December 2, 2009 - 03:54 | Permalink

    Raymond Scott (born Harry Warnow, 10 September 1908 — 8 February 1994),[1] was an American composer, band leader, pianist, engineer, recording studio maverick, and electronic instrument inventor. He was born in Brooklyn to a family of Russian-Jewish immigrants. His older brother, Mark Warnow, a conductor, violinist, and musical director for the CBS radio program Your Hit Parade, encouraged his musical career. Though Scott never scored cartoon soundtracks, his music is familiar to millions because of its adaptation by Carl Stalling in over 120 classic Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and other Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies animated features. Scott's melodies have also been heard in twelve Ren & Stimpy episodes (which used the original Scott recordings), while making cameos in The Simpsons, Duckman, Animaniacs, The Oblongs, and Batfink. The only music Scott actually composed to accompany animation were three 20-second electronic commercial jingles for County Fair Bread in 1962.

  • Festus
    December 3, 2009 - 00:56 | Permalink

    These guys were geniuses! Never been given their due! Thanks Willard!

  • Capt. Willard
    December 3, 2009 - 01:31 | Permalink

    Yeah… Scott may have been an actual genius, considering all the electronic music he later explored and invented. Bradley's name I never even heard growing up.

  • Anonymous
    December 3, 2009 - 02:03 | Permalink

    So as I was saying in my comment on the eno post, I was tossing out old cassettes today, and one I almost hung onto was this Raymond Scott album but I thought "ah, I can probably find it on line someday"
    Thanks for the timely post.

  • alantru
    December 9, 2009 - 20:44 | Permalink

    Wow! Thank you! I'm doing backflips of joy.

  • Jeff E. Winner
    December 14, 2009 - 21:13 | Permalink

    We have our official Raymond Scott Archives blog here:


  • Capt. Willard
    December 14, 2009 - 21:38 | Permalink

    Hey, you guys are pretty official, with a regular website, too http://www.raymondscott.com/. Looks great, thanks.

  • Jeff E. Winner
    December 15, 2009 - 15:06 | Permalink

    Yep, we are legit. We've been the official RS reps for nearly 20 years.

  • Anonymous
    February 17, 2011 - 16:48 | Permalink

    A billion thanks for these posts my friend! I was looking for them long time.

  • Michael
    February 18, 2013 - 09:11 | Permalink

    Thanks! Great job, Captain.

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