Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Human Horn

Shooby Taylor - Unreleased Recordings

Sometimes eccentric private recordings can feel kind of exploitative. For example, listening to a Wesley Willis record feels a bit like making fun of the mentally ill, and accordingly, not very much fun. But Shooby Taylor seems to be in on the joke.

Shooby rented a studio sometime in the 1980's, and scatted his brains out over twenty tracks of karaoke canned Casio music. His scat bore no resemblance to Ella Fitzgerald. He was sort of the Albert Ayler of scat. Which kicks total ass.

((Side note - that MIJ record Anonymous wanted is posted here: Fat Pam is on the ball, saving me an hour of upload time. Thanks, FP.))

Shooby ain't no piker, he can scat up a melody all night long. His syllables are fricken dope, too. He goes into stuff like "buppiebuppiebuppieshoodaliebeebop" which sounds like it sucks but it does not.

Honestly, I usually hate scat jazz singing. I love this, though. It can bring a smile and a chuckle to the most pissed off day. If you haven't heard this, grab it, you'll be glad you did.

It is absurdly fun to listen to "Stout-Hearted Men" while reading along to this transcription of his scatting.
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