Bernie's Tune 6:30
Maid in Mexico 4:36
Line for Lyons 7:22
Casa de Luz 5:38 (by Shorty Rogers)
Festive Minor 5:44 (by Gerry Mulligan)
Nights at the Turntable 5:55
Utter Chaos 3:40 (by Gerry Mulligan)
Dred Scott - piano
Eric Crystal - tenor saxophone
John Wiitala - bass
Smith Dobson - drums
Recorded at Art Farm Studios, Sebastopol, CA
July 24 and 25, 2019
Denny Abrams, producer, executive producer
Jason Hogan, engineer
Mixed and Mastered by Ben Rubin
Painting by Viola Vassello
Cover design by Tom Beckham
I spent many years living in the Bay Area. During that time, I developed a special affection for the music of the Pacific Jazz Label, an LA-based record company that started in 1952 and carried on through the 60's as World Pacific Records. West Coast jazz, people called it. And it was a thing. It was characterized often by the lack of a chordal instrument even though there were pianists and guitarists on the label, as well. The music itself was usually not difficult or intricate and the playing was more about sounding cool than blowing minds with awesome virtuosity. It was laid back and felt good. Some of the cats on the roster - Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Russ Freeman, Hampton Hawes, Bud Shank, Paul Desmond, Jim Hall, Chico Freeman, Jimmy Giuffre, Victor Feldman and Cal Tjader. The music reminds me of taking a drive down Highway 1 on a sunny day, of Golden Gate Park, of the beautiful redwoods of Muir Woods and Big Sur, of concerts by the sea on a Sunday afternoon. Even though the label was in LA, the music was the soundtrack for my time in Oakland and San Francisco.
SATURDAY FEB 24
TUESDAY MARCH 12
WEDNESDAY APRIL 24
TUESDAY MAY 28
WEDNESDAY MAY 29
THURSDAY MAY 30
FRIDAY JUNE 28
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
My 60th revolution around our sun is complete. I have big plans and high hopes for this my diamond anniversary year. What they are I can't say because I don't know myself yet. But I have a feeling. 60 is going to be big. And old.
In other news...
I WROTE A BOOK……!
A funny and irreverent collection of autobiographical stories chronicling the life and times of musician Dred Scott. From his rebellious catholic school years, to gigs with famous artists like Patti Smith, Courtney Love, and Mary K. Blige. Chance encounters with celebrities like Lou Reed, Paul Shaffer, and Amy Sedaris. Weed-fueled misadventures with random denizens of New York City. Tales of travels, family, at least one hooker, and two marriages. Nate Chinen of the New York Times called Dred Scott “…a sly pianist-raconteur.” Drummer Anthony Pinciotti remarked, “50,000 is a gross underestimation.”
"Absolutely funny, clever, serious, tender, shocking, absorbing! Your powers of observation and your ability to express them are fantastic. Very easy to imagine faces, places and personalities and situations. Every musician and layperson interested in the jazz life should read. "
Alan Broadbent, musician
"Kudos to Dred Scott – I can’t write anything after 5 bonghits, let alone 50,000!"
Guido the Clown
A hilariously entertaining read from a guy who’s seen a lot in the course of being a terrific musician.
Kay Cordtz, writer
"...had a ball reading it. Very funny (I expected no less), thoughtful, unexpectedly moving in places....You make it look easy. You got a way with words, boy!"
Nelson Kim, filmmaker
"I am reading his book slowly because it's a fine wine of observations, scathing satire, a lot of love and appreciation for life in a fascinating portrait of a musician and insightful man in the margin of the various places, cultures, scenes and circumstances his talent sends him. I love this book."
Don Bajema, writer
YOU CAN BUY AN EBOOK OR PAPERBACK HERE.
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