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Album Review

After stints at Juilliard and in the Army during the '40s, clarinetist Tony Scott rose to prominence in the '50s as a respected jazz soloist. His resumé at the time included work with Sarah Vaughan, Ben Webster, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Billie Holiday, and Claude Thornhill, among many others. In addition to these sidemen dates, Scott also cut several solo albums. His subtle phrasing eventually found a perfect niche in the smattering of meditation and yoga dates he cut in the mid-'60s for Verve. Fueled by his burgeoning interest in Far Eastern culture, Scott hooked up with two Japanese master instrumentalists for this classic 1964 date. And while Scott, koto player Shinichi Yuize, and shakuhachi player Hozan Yamamoto produce nine cuts that sound classically Japanese and really nothing like jazz, they do actually improvise pretty much throughout the entire set. If you'd like to levitate to music with some unexpected twists, then Scott's Music for Zen Meditation is for you.

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Good for thinking and not thinking

I've owned this CD for over 20 years and it really has a place. It's good for those times when you need to put on the headphones and tune out the rest of the world. It's also excellent for those times when you just want to disconnect from the world and leave the physical planes behind. It's not everyday music--you pull it out when you need it. It may not be great jazz or world music by some standards, but it has that "something" that grabs you and hangs on. Give it a try.

My Original Purchase was an LP... Glad to have it again!

Tony did a FANTASTIC job with this album... and the rest of the musicians are also outstanding! Wether for meditation, pleasant atmospher, or whatever... this album is a MUST HAVE!


This was a great find and a great buy! If you're into unwinding and disconnecting, you won't be disappointed.


Born: June 17, 1921 in Morristown, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Since leaving New York in 1959, Tony Scott (a top bebop-oriented clarinetist) has been an eager world traveler who enjoys exploring the folk music of other countries. Unfortunately, his post-1959 recordings have been few, far between, difficult-to-locate, and sometimes erratic, but Scott was an unheralded pioneer in both world music and new age. Tony Scott attended Juilliard during 1940-1942, played at Minton's Playhouse, and then after three years in the military he became one of the few clarinetists...
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