Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tom Scott - Night Creatures (1995)


Sorry to disappoint all my readers who are teenage girls (zero at last count), but the night creatures aren't vampires, they're musicians that play all night. Saxophonist Tom Scott doesn't play what I'd call smooth jazz; it's more like funk/pop jazz. And he's not afraid to take some chances. He even tries to tackle some hip-hop grooves on this release. You've heard Tom Scott before, he's played on more TV show themes and pop hits than you could count. He's played with McCartney, Sinatra, The Blues Brothers, Steely Dan, Quincy Jones, and on and on. Interesting trivia: his father Nathan wrote the famous theme to the TV series Dragnet.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: The title track is a energetic funk piece with lots of horns. The token vocal piece is Don't Get Any Better; it's pretty bland. One of the highlights of the disc is the track titled Bhop which, as the title implies, tries to blend hip-hop and bop. Scott doubles on flute on the piece and, even though its production sounds dated, it was adventurous at the time. There are two covers on the disc: Janet Jackson's Anytime, Anyplace and Sting's We'll Be Together. They're all right as far as jazz covers go, but they are the least adventurous tracks here. The track Yeah! is a blatant rip-off of Sly Stone's Dance To The Music, but I guess if you're going to steal, steal from the best. Overall, it's a solid release; there aren't any tracks that I feel compelled to skip.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None. I only recently picked up this disc.

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