Bebop United

Tom Scott

Bebop United
  • CAT # MCGJ1021-25

    1. Children Of The Night 5:22
    2. Silhouettes 5:33
    3. Tones For Jones Bones 6:56
    4. His Eyes, Her Eyes 8:16
    5. Sack O' Woe 8:15
    6. Back Burner 9:55
    7. Close View 6:41
    8. The Song Is You 8:22

Tom Scott makes his MCG Jazz debut with Bebop United, a special return back to his traditional Bebop roots. Joining him for this live recording is legendary saxophonist, Phil Woods. Original Scott compositions include “Backburner” and “Silhouettes,” featuring Woods as well as classic Bebop tunes, including Cannonball Adderley’s “Sack O’ Woe.” The recording is due out in February 28, 2006.

No one can accuse Tom Scott of being a traditionalist. Throughout his 40-plus-year career, Scott has experimented, innovated, created and fused musical elements for unique jazz sounds. In 2004, when Scott visited Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh, he was prepared to explore what first piqued his interest in jazz, Bebop, and infuse it with contemporary styling.

Tom Scott’s musical journey began with jazz, when he was just 18 years old. In 1966, Scott made his debut recordings with Don Ellis’ Big Band and Roger Kellaway’s quartet. As his musicianship grew, Scott expanded his jazz vocabulary and roots. By the 1990s, Tom Scott had helped to pioneer a new jazz movement. Smooth jazz would become the most commercially popular form of jazz to date.

All of Scott’s efforts and talents have earned him 13 GRAMMY® nominations and 3 wins. He is revered as a composer, arranger, producer and musical director in addition to a very talented saxophonist. And although Scott has experimented with new ways to express himself, he has never forgotten the roots of his musical background.

In Bebop United, Scott explores these roots with a contemporary twist. All of the arrangements and many of the compositions on this recording are Tom’s or written by a Jazz Master that has influenced his playing and writing over the years such as Cannonball Adderley, Wayne Shorter and Chick Corea. He put together a tremendous band of veterans including Randy Brecker and Gil Goldstein, yet also included some of the new voices for this music with the young Duane Burno and Willie Jones.

Tom felt it was essential to have a true master – and one of the founding members of the Bebop movement – be a part of the recording to round out the three generations of musicians, and bring a united voice for the music past and present – Phil Woods was just the musician. Executive Producer of MCG Jazz, Marty Ashby, describes Scott’s latest album as a “special recording where Bebop is truly United with many of the other elements that make Jazz music ever changing and expanding like life – Jazz is life.”

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Tom Scott and an all star cast of today’s jazz icons join to celebrate the music of Cannonball Adderley, with a very special guest appearance… More