STU BROWN'S "TWISTED TOONS"
New album due for release Spring 2016!
“Wittily daft, exotic and swinging."
**** CHRIS INGHAM (MOJO)
“Zany melodies, striking harmonies, breakneck rhythms and a kaleidoscope of styles… a major achievement"
***** KENNY MATHIESON (THE SCOTSMAN)
Stu Brown formed his Twisted Toons project in 2008 to celebrate 100 years since the birth of the little known band leader, composer and inventor, Raymond Scott, whose wacky, hyper-animated, eyeball-popping ‘cartoon jazz’ is most widely recognisable for its use in the Looney Tunes cartoons from the 1940’s onwards and, more recently, in Ren and Stimpy, and The Simpsons. 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” have proved to be immensely popular with audiences of all ages and back- grounds, from jazz fans to general music lovers, and film and animations 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 recent 30 date tour of small venues in rural England, Wales and Scotland. ‘Twisted Tunes – The Music of Raymond Scott’, was one of Mojo magazine’s top 10 jazz albums of 2009.
The new album, "Twisted Toons Vol. 2 - The Music of Carl Stalling, Scott Bradley and more..." will be released in Spring 2016 and features an expanded octet line up performing Stu's transcriptions of complete Carl Stalling (Looney Tunes) and Scott Bradley (Tom and Jerry) cartoon scores and other music adapted from Looney Tunes, Droopy, Ren and Stimpy, Tales From the Far Side and more.
About Raymond Scott
The original Raymond Scott Quintette only recorded between 1937 and 1939 but, in 1943, Warner Bros bought Scott’s publishing, and soon his music began to crop up in Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes cartoons. However, few people today are aware that the origin of these melodies was in the music of this quirky 1930s six-piece outfit whose brand of screwy ‘descriptive jazz’ was never intended for use in animation, or that the leader of this group led an extraordinary double life as a pianist, composer, and bandleader, and as an engineer, inventor, and electronic music pioneer. One of Scott’s most exceptional early achievements was the invention of the first electronic sequencer in 1960, a device that later became the foundation of modern dance music and studio production. Over the following years, Scott developed this invention into an incredible instantaneous composition/ performance machine called The Electronium, which was used by Motown Records, where Scott was employed as head of electronic research and development from 1972 to 1977. Raymond Scott continued to use technology to compose music until 1987, when the first of a series of strokes left him unable to work, speak or communicate. He died on 8 February 1994 at the age of 85.