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Shade

by David Thorne Scott

With a voice described as powerful, tender, pure, and clear, jazz singer Scott bends standards into modern shapes, blazes into fiery vocal improvisation, and creates unique original songs.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Just One Of Those Things
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2. Have You Met Miss Jones?
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3. April In Paris
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4. Shade
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5. Old Friends
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6. Small Feats
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7. Get Out Of Your Own Way
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8. Saratoga Hunch
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9. Clown Stalking
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10. I See You
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11. Dancing On The Ceiling
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12. I Remember You
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13. For All We Know
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Few young jazz singers on the scene today can boast of both an exceptional voice and a unique personal style. Names atop this list might include Kevin Mahogany, Diana Krall, and Kurt Elling. But add a new one to this group: David Thorne Scott.

What you notice first is Dave's clear and accurate voice - you can understand every single word. But soon you realize that there is more than just an amazing set of vocal cords here. Dave is a musician, in every sense of the word. He bends rhythm and melody into new, expressive shapes in his masterful interpretations of standards and his quirky original tunes. He draws a wide range of listeners, from first-time to long-time jazz fans, because he swings like Sinatra, scats like the top horn players, and puts over a ballad with emotion.

Dave got his start with Grammy-nominated arranger and pianist Phil Mattson. Dave learned how to put his own stamp on a tune singing with Mattson's brilliant, mercurial piano accompaniment. While Dave was a member of Mattson's jazz group, VoicesIowa, the group won two Down Beat awards.

Dave went on to study at the University of Miami in the renowned jazz program, where groups he was in won two more Down Beat awards. Since then Dave has shared the stage with Kevin Mahogany, Jon Secada, Gloria Estefan, Darmon Meader (New York Voices), Richie Colo, Cheryl Bentene (Manhattan Transfer), Bruce Forman, Michele Weir, and Tim Ray (Lyle Lovett).

Shade, his new album of standards and original tunes, features Boston musicians Mark Shilansky (piano), Jon Hazilla (drums), John Funkhouser (bass) and Daryl Lowery (alto sax).

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Amy de Camp

Excellent!
I recieved this CD just as I was about to drive for about three hours. Figuring that I would listen to it once just to see how I liked it, I stuck it in my car stereo, and I ended up listening to Shade for the whole entire trip! For the first time in my short career as a jazz listener, I actually really liked the songs, 'April in Paris' and 'Old Friends'. This is a highly enjoyable album.
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Ben Read

Head-turningly, foot-tappingly arresting songs
There's so much to say about this outstanding compilation; I don't know how to do it justice. When I first bought it, I kept it in the car's CD player for weeks and I would look forward to running errands so I could hear it again. More than once I brought it with me into the homes of people I was visiting so that they could hear it too. It's that kind of disc. David Thorne Scott's voice and arrangements make well-established songs like "Just One of Those Things," "Old Friends," and "Saratoga Hunch" reverberate in a way that keeps them creeping back into my consciousness again and again. His original pieces, such as the title track and "Get Out of Your Own Way" are catchy in their own right, musically innovative, and written with a sly, worldly intelligence. Keep an eye on this singer and songwriter, and by all means treat yourself to this album.
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Chelsea

David Thorne Scott is truly amazing!
David's Shade CD is amazing, I love Jazz and this CD is my new favorite. The SCAT solos are awesome, the instrumentals were incredible, and David's voice is unique and pure, it makes you stop what you are doing because it's so beautiful...so buy the CD!!!!It's definately worth it!!!!
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Michele Weir

David's singing is so impressive, both the warm sound and his ability to use it.
Wow, it gets better and better as it goes along! His singing is often so impressive, both the beautiful, warm sound of his natural voice and also his ability to use it with so much command. Really fun arrangements and great players too. He is definitely in the top 2% of vocal improvisers in the world!
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Phil Mattson

I love what he's doing!
I love what he’s doing! Interesting to hear what I feel is his ‘stretching’ – the growth in artistic boundaries and possibilities both musically and vocally.
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Ori Dagan, Jazz Director CHRY 105.5 FM

Crystal clear diction, squeaky clean tone, and horn-like scatting
Crystal clear diction, squeaky clean tone and the ability to scat like a true horn player are among the qualities that set this vocalist apart from hundreds of thousands of jazz singers of either sex. It comes as no surprise that he is an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music, for Scott’s intellectually stimulating take on the music exudes the perfectionism one might only expect from a devoted academic.
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Felicity Keys

Brilliant Musical arrangements!
This CD would be jazz at its finest, except for one thing: The vocals fall flat. The songs are brilliantly arranged, and you'll find yourself anxiously anticipating what arrangement the next song will bring. Unfortunately, the poor quality of the vocals keep this otherwise excellent CD from being all that it could be. Sorry.
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Jan Dignum

Love this CD, very smooth, Scott makes songs his own!
Scott's new CD is a great addition to my jazz library. A tender, and lively voice that makes you smile as you listen to it! Evokes all the right memories and great for listening to when you're in love!
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C.Keating

This music will make you smile...
With tones as clear as a bell, David's voice has the ability to transcend....Great style variations in both new songs and old standards bring interest and inspiration. "For All We know" is a beautiful arrangement that will send you to the stars...
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Jerome Wilson, Cadence Magazine (Aug 2005)

As slippery and hip as the young Mel Torme
David Thorne Scott is a singer with a mellow tenor voice and a real feel for the improvisatory wonders of Jazz. He fares very well on imaginative arrangements of the usual clutch of standards here, like a starry-eyed and dancing “Have You Met Miss Jones?” and an “April In Paris” that shifts tempo several times. He also has fun with several non standard tunes including a bunch of his own work. “Shade” has a sharp funk edge and “Get Out Of Your Own Way” is a swinging brush-off song with a slick bass line. “Clown Stalking” has an up and down melody that gives Scott a chance to really show off his vocal prowess and “Saratoga Hunch” is some typically wry David Frishberg that Scott sings with the requisite casual coolness. His group is an excellent match for his swinging, punchy vocals, particularly the rock solid bass work of John Funkhouser and the soulful Phil Woods-like interjections of alto player Daryl Lowery. Unlike the glorified cabaret singers being pushed as new male Jazz singing stars today, Scott does this music the right way. He phrases like a saxophone player and is as slippery and hip as the young Mel Torme. It would be nice to see some big label pick him up and sell him like they do a Peter Cincotti. Unfortunately, he’s probably too good for that. Jerome Wilson
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