“One of the Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2016 in both The Times and Mojo Magazine!”
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.
Stu first 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.
The band's second album, "Twisted Toons Vol. 2 - The Music of Carl Stalling, Scott Bradley and more..." was released June 2016 and was one of the The Times and Mojo Magazine's Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2016. This follow up release 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.
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
“seriously detailed precision with spontaneous creativity and downright brilliant impudence…..frankly exhilarating”
“Wittily daft, exotic and swinging.... Brilliant resurrection of 1930s crackpot jazz”
— Mojo Magazine ****
“zany melodies, striking harmonies, breakneck rhythms and kaleidescope of styles... a major achievement ”
— The Scotsman *****