Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tom Scott, born on may 19, 1948, is a renowned composer, arranger, producer, musical director and saxophonist. He has twenty-five solo recordings to his credit and for these efforts has earned twelve Grammy nominations and two Grammy Awards. His career achievements include composing film scores, among them Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Uptown Saturday Night, Stir Crazy, Hanky Panky, The Sure Thing, Just One Of The Guys, Soul Man, and Shakes the Clown. His television composing and conducting credits include the themes for "Family Ties", "Starsky & Hutch", "Square Pegs", the "Academy Awards", the "Emmy Awards", the "People’s Choice Awards", "Comic Relief", the "Carol Burnett Show", the "Pat Sajak Show", and background scores for "Baretta," "Cannon", "Barnaby Jones," "Streets Of San Francisco," "National Geographic Explorer," numerous T.V. Specials and Network Movies. He has served as Musical Director for Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Olivia Newton-John, the GRP All-Star Big Band and has toured five continents as leader of his own group.
Tom’s career as a special guest artist spans more than 500 recordings--by such diverse artists as Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Thelonius Monk, Pink Floyd, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Elton John. He has received much acclaim for his contributions as a player and arranger-on Joni Mitchell’s Court And Spark , Steely Dan’s Aja; hit singles like Carole King’s Jazzman, Paul McCartney’s Listen To What The Man Said, Rod Stewart’s Do You Think I’m Sexy, Blondie’s Rapture, Captain & Tenille’s Do That To Me One More Time, Whitney Houston’s Saving All My Love For You; and on movie soundtracks such as Taxi Driver, Bladerunner, Heaven Can Wait, Sea Of Love, All Of Me, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? , Small Soldiers, and Toy Story 2.
Scott's early professional career included straight ahead jazz dates with Don Ellis' big band and pianist Roger Kellaway's quartet, and he made his recording debut with both units in 1966. The next year, while playing in Los Angeles with Oliver Nelson's big band, Scott was discovered by Impulse! Records producer Bob Thiele, who signed the young sax talent and released Honeysuckle Breeze in 1967 and Rural Still Life.

One of his most popular endeavors was the Los Angeles based mid-70s jazz funk band LA Express, which featured Joe Sample and Larry Carlton. This first incarnation released two albums in 1974-75, Tom Scott and the LA Express (post photo) and Tom Cat.

Over two decades later, in 1996, Scott reformed the band, with blues guitarist Robben Ford for the well received Bluestreak. His 24th solo album "New Found Freedom" was released on October 22, 2002.
Tom is currently involved in numerous projects including the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra and recently produced and penned numerous arrangements for the second Daniel Rodriguez CD "From My Heart" for EMI. You can also catch Tom on DVD in "Standing In the Shadows of Motown" and "Concert for George".
Fonte/Reference - Tom Scott's Website

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