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Pushbutton Parfait

3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 30, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Evolver
  • ASIN: B00006AGCZ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,309 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By gtra1n VINE VOICE on August 16, 2002
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This band has produced a pleasing recording of their own arrangements of Raymond Scott pieces. Most of the material is his well-known novelty music, while a few are based on his relatively obscure electronic music. This is a nice recording but not a vital one, unless one is a major Scott fan.
The band has a nice French cafe sound, effected by the accordion and zither, and the arrangements are jazzy and touch on a variety of styles, from cakewalk to early rock and roll to a John Barry/James Bond quality, and are all well done without being particularly exciting or adventurous. The mixing is a little dense, and the band is let down by a rather lugubrious drummer. My personal feeling is that Scott's work is crying out for a treatment a la what John Zorn did on the incredible 'The Big Gundown' for Ennio Morricone's movie themes. And while perfectly respectable, this is sadly not that type of work.
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Despite the confusing and misleading name of this new group, Scott himself is NOT present. Of course not - Raymond Scott was born in 1908 and died many years ago. And DON'T think this band is preserving the ORIGINAL Raymond Scott sound (like the Sun Ra or Glenn Miller bands that still tour). Instead, this "Orchestrette" (sic) performs modernized and altered arrangements that Raymond Scott probably would have hated. (Scott didn't like improvisation - especially when applied to HIS music.) But maybe some hard-core fans might dig these new takes on the old Scott classics? The players are impressive enough; they're not afraid to take chances, and I bet this group is fun to see in a live venue. But since there's plenty of original Raymond Scott recordings, I'd suggest a beginner start with the real thang, baby.
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Some albums get better over time the more one listens to them. This album, unfortunately, seems worse with each passing listen.

If one takes time listen to Raymond Scott's music (which this album is name only) it can be viewed as cute, witty, irreverent, or even ridiculous. It is not, however, simply a pastiche of sounds devoid of substantive ideas. This album is that; devoid of genuine ideas.

With one exception: it seems to be the mission of these musicians to "out-cute" Raymond Scott.

A particularly egregious example is their re-imagining of the tune Oil Gusher. The composers seem to have written this track with annoying the listener at the front of their collective mind.

If you are looking for the genuine article, which is well worth the time spent, go find the original "quintette" tapes that are on CD, or enjoy the Beau Hunks Sextet's modern-day versions. (By the way, the original tracks feature Johnny Williams on drums. He was the father of the legendary film composer John Williams.)

Those tracks have musical integrity, honesty, and are brilliantly executed as opposed to the material on "Pushbutton Parfait."
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