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As Seen in Jazziz, American Songwriter and More, Singer David Thorne Scott Earns Praise for Sophisticated New Album; Exploring the Sweet Spot Where Jazz and Americana Coexist, ‘Thornewood' Places Cole Porter and Harold Arlen Beside John Denver and T
(Published: February 08, 2021)

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February 8, 2021



As Seen in Jazziz, American Songwriter and More, Singer David Thorne Scott Earns Praise for Sophisticated New Album



Exploring the Sweet Spot Where Jazz and Americana Coexist, ‘Thornewood' Places Cole Porter and Harold Arlen Beside John Denver and Townes Van Zandt



Scott's Powerful Vocals and Elegant Arrangements are a Throwback to a More Refined Era



‘Thornewood' "Explores the intersection of Jazz and Americana, city and country, instrumentation and lyrics to create lush compositions and covers that are unifying, and healing, in their beauty"




Singer David Thorne Scott continues to earn praise and in-depth coverage for his new album ‘Thornewood'. American Songwriter Magazine noted, "he fearlessly merges legendary songwriters of different genres and generations," and Jazziz Magazine, commenting on the album's inspired mix of jazz and Americana, observed that Scott is "motivated by a desire to pacify the Red State Vs. Blue State thinking of the United States. "I want jazz fans to love the mournful hollow tone of wide-open spaces," says Scott. "And I want fans of Americana music to love the electric crackle of city nights."


On ‘Thornewood', Scott travels a reverent musical landscape where Cole Porter and Harold Arlen coexist next to John Denver and Townes Van Zandt. Released January 8th, ‘Thornewood' features special guests including Paula Cole, Peter Eldridge, Jason Palmer, Walter Smith III and Sara Caswell.



In recent short-lead interviews (excerpts and links to full features are below,) Scott discusses how his wife exposed him to the music of Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss, reawakening an Americana component to his previous jazz-centric sensibility. He also discusses the confluence of jazz and Americana as a timely reflection of the current heated political climate.


Jazziz - New Release Cheat Sheet - Exclusive Song Premiere

https://www.jazziz.com/fa...

David Thorne Scott, "If I Needed You" featuring Paula Cole

Vocalist David Thorne Scott blends jazz and Americana on his forthcoming album, Thornewood, and includes this reinterpretation of Townes Van Zandt's haunting composition, "If I Needed You," featuring special guest Paula Cole. Thornewood, due out on January 8, 2021, is also motivated by a desire to pacify the Red State Vs. Blue State thinking of the United States. "I want jazz fans to love the mournful hollow tone of wide-open spaces," says Thorne Scott. "And I want fans of Americana music to love the electric crackle of city nights."


Medleyville - Interview Feature

http://medleyville.us/01-... 1/15/2, by Chris Junior

THE VOICE AND THE STORY

Excerpt below, full interview via link above

David Thorne Scott fuses jazz, Americana on his new album

As a musician, when it comes to jazz and Americana (especially bluegrass), you essentially have to devote your life to one genre or the other because each has "its own culture to assimilate, its own improvisatory language," says Boston-based singer David Thorne Scott.
Having played trumpet in high school, Scott decided at age 20 that jazz would be his thing, pretty much to the exclusion of everything else.
But things started to change thanks in large part to the woman who became his spouse. "My wife is from rural Vermont, and she's a big fan of Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss," says Scott, who got married in 1999 at age 28.
Scott wasn't unfamiliar with Americana before meeting his wife. Growing up in Nebraska during the 1980s listening to musical theater and pop music, Americana "kind of came in the back door," he says, by way of driving around town with his father listening to AM radio and going to the barbershop.
After his wife reawakened the Americana already within him, Scott started to experiment at his shows, taking select material from that genre and putting it through his jazz filter. "One of the first ones I did that way was ‘Boulder to Birmingham,' a great Emmylou Harris tune," he recalls. "The guys I played with dug it, and the audiences really dug it. So step by step, I realized there wasn't as much to be afraid of as I thought."


Eponymous Review - Interview Feature

1/27/21, by Laurie Fanelli

https://www.eponymousrevi...

Q&A: David Thorne Scott shares the stories behind his new album ‘Thornewood'

Excerpt below, full interview via link above

At a time of great conflict in our country - when words often fail us - music has the power to bridge divides. With his latest album Thornewood, released earlier this month, David Thorne Scott explores the intersection of Jazz and Americana, city and country, instrumentation and lyrics to create lush compositions and covers that are unifying, and healing, in their beauty. We had the opportunity to ask Scott about writing and recording Thornewood as well as what it is like releasing an album during a pandemic. (Click link for full Q&A interview).


AMERICAN SONGWRITER MAGAZINE featured Scott and Exclusively Premiered his Cole Porter cover: "...It's the first single from his new album Thornewood, and it reflects David's embrace of the power of song to unite people. As Pete Seeger said, "All songwriters are links in a chain." His music and new album exemplify this connection, as he fearlessly merges legendary songwriters of different genres and generations. He invites Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, Townes Van Zandt and John Denver all to the same party, and it's a great one." "We asked him to expound on his reasons for choosing this song by this singular songwriter, Cole Porter. It's good that we did, as his answer is inspirational, and aligns with our mission as well, to unify people with the glory of great songs, while also honoring songwriting itself, and the songwriters who persist in keeping this ancient art alive and healthy." The full article by Paul Zollo is here: https://americansongwrite...]



‘Thornewood' is a listener-friendly album that features both bebop trumpet and lap steel guitar, Jordanaires-inspired background vocals and more, yet the highlight again and again is Scott's incredible, rich voice -


David Thorne Scott shares these thoughts:

I've been an East Coast jazz guy for all of my adult life, but for me the music washes through the prairie grass of my home state of Nebraska. That duality has always made me a bit different. I'm usually either the hippest or the squarest person in the room.


This album is my attempt to reconcile these two sides of my soul. I wanted to see if blazing bebop trumpet and weeping steel guitar could play nicely together.


There are songs from the Great American Songbook, plainspoken Texas songwriters and slick film composers. My original songs are inspired musically by hard bop, lyrically by the Great Plains.



The fury that accompanies red-state-vs.-blue-state thinking in this country is not sustainable. Sooner or later we're going to have to recognize the humanity in each other. I want jazz fans to love the mournful hollow tone of wide-open spaces. And I want fans of Americana music to love the electric crackle of city nights."



"He phrases like a saxophone player and is slippery and hip as a young Mel Tormé" - Cadence Magazine


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