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post Oct 20 2007, 02:33 AM
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I'm sure everyone here is familiar with this particular aspect of jazz/swing music of the '30s and '40s.

What do people think of it?
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Ian House
post Oct 20 2007, 03:38 AM
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Hi Lady NB,

I absolutely LOVE scat singing. It's an expression of pure humor and joy unleashed. It disregards the complete and slavish adherance to discipline and structure. It lends the rebellious accents to a brilliant Jazz performance, a vocal tap dance if you will. I enjoy it most when it's used as a flavoring, just conservatively punctuating an otherwise well-behaved vocal.

Naturally, my favorite scat singing belongs to my favorite male vocalist, Cab Calloway:

The Scat Song

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This stuff just makes me smile :-)


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post Oct 20 2007, 04:17 AM
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Not a fan of vocals, but I can take some vocals, and some scatting. I love the way Cab Calloway scats in Bugle Blues:

http://ns36912.ovh.net/~museeq/ram/CONM695.ram


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post Oct 20 2007, 04:23 AM
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QUOTE(gregoryagogo @ Oct 19 2007, 10:17 PM) *
I love the way Cab Calloway scats in Bugle Blues:



Greg, that's another great Cab scat ... although, I wish it wasn't so brief.


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post Oct 20 2007, 04:36 AM
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And then there was Ella Fitzgerald, who was also famous for her scat singing. Sometimes her scatting style can seem a little more contrived, strained and inserted into place, a little less fluid and natural than Cab's. Here's an example:

Old Mother Hubbard

Others may disagree with my assessment though.


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