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Stu Brown’s Twisted Toons takes you on an eye-popping ride through the wacky world of cartoon music, including zany melodies, themes and complete cartoon scores by Carl Stalling (Looney Tunes) Scott Bradley (Tom and Jerry), Raymond Scott and more, all performed with relish, virtuosity and humour by a super-tight septet of A-list jazz musicians.

The new album, "Twisted Toons Vol. 2 - The Music of Carl Stalling, Scott Bradley and more..." will be released on 24th June 2016 and delves deeper in to the world of cartoon music, including several complete cartoon scores from Porky Pig, Roadrunner, Tom and Jerry and Droopy alongside music adapted from Looney Tunes, Droopy, Ren and Stimpy, Tales From the Far Side, Spongebob Squarepants and more. 

Stu formed his Twisted Toons project in 2008 to celebrate 100 years since the birth of little known bandleader, composer and inventor, Raymond Scott (www.raymondscott.net), whose wacky ‘cartoon jazz’ featured in many of the Looney Tunes cartoons from the 1940’s onwards. The band's performances of Scott's manic, offbeat compositions, such as “Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals” and "Square Dance For Eight Egyptian Mummies” proved to be immensely popular with audiences of all ages and back- grounds, from jazz fans to general music lovers, and film and animation fans to families with young children, and have played to packed crowds at many of the U.K.’s leading jazz festivals, including Manchester, Cheltenham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Gateshead and London, as well a 31 date tour of rural venues in rural England, Wales and Scotland in 2012/2013. "Twisted Tunes – The Music of Raymond Scott", was one of Mojo magazine’s top 10 jazz albums of 2009.  

Band line up:  
Stu Brown – drums/percussion/sound effects  
Daniel Paterson – violin  
Brian Molley – woodwind  
Martin Kershaw – woodwind  
Tom MacNiven – trumpet  
Paul Harrison – piano/keys  
Mario Caribe - bass

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Twisted Toons - The Music of Raymond Scott

by The Stu Brown Sextet

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  1. 1 Square Dance For Eight Egyptian Mummies 03:01
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  2. 2 Devil Drums 04:04
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  3. 3 The Penguin 02:41
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  4. 4 New Year's Eve In A Haunted House 02:29
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  5. 5 Boy Scout In Switzerland 03:04
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  6. 6 Suicide Cliff 03:15
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  7. 7 In An 18th Century Drawing Room 03:07
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  8. 8 Moment Musical 02:28
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  9. 9 Powerhouse 03:02
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  10. 10 Egyptian Barn Dance (piano solo) 02:22
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  11. 11 Hypnotist in Hawaii 02:35
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  12. 12 Dinner Music For A Pack Of Hungry Cannibals 02:57
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  13. 13 At An Arabian House Party 04:26
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  14. 14 Tobacco Auctioneer 02:37
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  15. 15 Twilight In Turkey 02:45
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  16. 16 War Dance For Wooden Indians 02:35
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  17. 17 The Bass Line Generator 03:14
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  18. 18 Toy Typewriter 02:32
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PRESS QUOTES

“Stu Brown's Raymond Scott Project is a wonderful embodiment of my fathers musical legacy... It captures the essential spirit and substance of the original Quintette, always making my Dad's deceptively complex music sound effortless and exhilarating."
Stan Warnow (Raymond Scott's Son)

"Wittily daft, exotic and swinging. Scott’s peculiarly joyous concept remains an obvious technical challenge and the project was a labour of love and transcription marathon for Stu Brown, though his band bounce through the hilariously detailed charts with immense relish and skill. Brilliant resurrection of 1930s crackpot jazz"
Chris Ingham (Mojo)

"Drummer Stu Brown’s tribute to the eclectic compositional genius of Raymond Scott proved to be one of the unsung highlights of the jazz festival... zany melodies, striking harmonies, breakneck rhythms and kaleidescope of styles... a major achievement"
Kenny Mathieson (The Scotsman)

"Half the triumph is the way the sextet brings Scott and Brown's carefully written notes off the page with such zest and spontaneity - the other half is that it's just so damned enjoyable""
Rob Adams (Jazzwise)

"It was impossible not to be charmed by the Twisted Toons concert ..... Not only is drummer Stu Brown an extremely engaging and amiable host, but his passion for Raymond Scott’s cultish compositions and the performances of them by a septet comprising A-list Scottish jazz musicians make an irresistible combination."
Alison Kerr (The Scotsman)