[JPL] Jazz in cartoons

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Excellent book co-authored by veteran jazz journalist Will Friedwald:

Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner
Bros. Cartoons

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Carl Stalling made pretty liberal use of Raymond Scott's compositions
during the entire time he was at Warner Brothers (1930's to 1950's).
Things like "Powerhouse", "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals"
and "The Toy Trumpet" just to name a few.  Columbia reissued a
collection of Scott's original recordings from the 1930's back in 1992
called "Reckless Nights & Turkish Twilights".  Most anybody who's seen a
Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck/et al. cartoon will instantly recognize these
tunes.  A couple of Scott tunes also appear on Don Byron's "Bug Music".

Not on any soundtrack CD that I know of but worth a mention is Shorty
Rogers score to Friz Freleng's WB cartoon "The Three Little Bops" (1956)
which recasts the three little pigs as a hip jazz trio put upon by a
very unhip trumpet-playing wolf.  The cartoon's out there on YouTube.

Wikipedia says:
Instrument credits are believed to be:

     * Vocals - Stan Freberg (credited on the short)
     * Saxophone - Pepper Adams (or possibly Jimmy Giuffre)
     * Trumpet/flugelhorn - Shorty Rogers (credited on the short)
     * Piano - Pete Jolly
     * Guitar - Barney Kessel
     * Bass - Red Callender (or possibly Red Mitchell)
     * Drums - Stan Levey (or possibly Shelly Manne)

Can't get much jazzier than that!

Doug Crane
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KUVO Denver 89.3FM (Weds 7-10PM Mountain Time)

On 1/20/2011 3:26 PM, Peter Solomon wrote:
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This new sampler of disney music performed by jazz musicians makes me want
to hear some of the original soundtrack music that featured jazz musicians.
I have access to Peggy Lee doing music from "ady and the Tramp"and I am
guessing that Louis Primas performances from Jungle Book are pretty easy to
find, but some of the cartoons that used jazz scores are much more
obscure. Can anyone recommend some good compilations or soundtracks to check



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