Boomkat Product Review:
This 42-track compilation on Basta represents a very different side to Raymond Scott's oeuvre from his celebrated Manhattan Research-style electronic innovations. Microphone music predates his most renowned work, harking back to the early ensemble recordings made between 1937 and 1939. The repertoire here calls upon not only Scott's own compositions but reconfigurations of traditional tunes and ragtime jaunts. Notably, many of the recordings here appear on CD for the very first time, with several having never surfaced before on any format. "The title refers to Scott's emphasis on the microphone as a "seventh member" of his legendary six-man Quintette, and the mic's importance in helping Scott shape the recorded sound of his ensembles. The 42-track compilation features unreleased titles, radio performances, first-rate rehearsals, and out of print gems by the Raymond Scott Quintette, recorded between 1937 and 1939. The collection was mastered from discs preserved in the Scott archives."