Jazz Club #2 : The Tony Scott All Stars – 52nd Street Scene

Another sealed promo record from the Decca set, which has been opened specially for this podcast. With matrix numbers MG 6800-1B / MG 6801-1B, it seems that is a promo for an unreleased (or undocumented) UK release on Brunswick. The original US release was on Coral Records in 1958, but there’s not record on the UK release on Discogs, except for a 1983 re-issue on Jasmine Records. Nice !

Again, checking discogs, this seems to have been The Tony Scott All Stars only release as that group, though clarinetist Tony Scott recorded from the 1950’s right up to his death in 2007; he moved to Italy in the 70’s and took a world music bent to jazz, including an album for Zen Meditation released in 1964. As such he was seen as a pioneer in new age and world music.

The start of disc 1 (MG6800-1B) is a very slow, bluesy set, with Tony Scott’s mellow clarinet coming to the fore. Very chilled and a great soundtrack to a late night/early morning 52nd St. Things pick up on the last track, and disc 2 (MG 6801-1B) picks up nicely with a lively groove.

Though not collectable (around £10 will get you a copy of the US release), it’s a fine piece of music from the time.

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