David Thorne Scott

David Thorne Scott

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Singer/songwriter and pianist David Thorne Scott brings a sexy jazz/pop confection of smoky jazz vocals, bold rock piano anthems, effervescent pop and moody hip-hop musings. Deep musicianship and creativity born of years of jazz explorations combine with youthful iconoclasm and a rock aesthetic.

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Biography

Armed with roses and a piano, singer/songwriter and pianist David Thorne Scott has designs on your heart with his new album Hopeful Romantic. Deep musicianship and creativity born of years of jazz explorations combine with youthful iconoclasm and a rock aesthetic to give music-lovers a delightful surprise. Playfully sweet but wise lyrics and angular melodies are hallmarks, as is the intimate yet strong voice that declaims them.

“I love my audience. Whenever I have stretched out in my live jazz shows, whether it’s a country song or an 80s pop ballad or an experiment with electronics and chanting, they have come right along to listen,” says Scott. “When I heard the Jamie Cullum record The Pursuit, I had the epiphany that I could bring the same eclecticism to a recording.”

Hopeful Romantic – the Boston-based singer’s first crossover album – consists of smoky jazz, powerful rock anthems, bouncy pop and moody hip-hop musings. These disparate rays are focused through a voice that provides a singular emotional resonance. Regardless of style, “I still sound like myself,” Scott says.

The bookend tracks are “The Sign On My Door” and “Crossing the Line,” originals that sound like jazz standards from the golden age, but with sly lyrics born of a 21st century mind: “Let the coffee cool down while we’re foolin’ around, we can go to Starbucks afterwards…” The infectious “Who Doesn’t Want To Fall In Love” and the ebullient “I Should Take It From Here” are flirtations that practically scream to be sung along with. “More Than One Way” mesmerizes with a mélange of acoustic, electric and electronic sound anchored by aggressive percussion to tell a story of freedom from the chains of obsessive love. Perhaps the most distinctive track is “Wisdom From Truth,” with its R&B-infused form and hook, dark harmonies and lyrics, and bebop melody. “I was trying to channel Eddie Jefferson by way of Robert Glasper,” says Scott with a laugh.

Hopeful Romantic is a stylistic departure from Scott’s previous recordings, the late-night jazz of Shade and the kinetic interplay of the vocal/piano duet record Dyad. As a pure jazz singer, Cadence Magazine says “he phrases like a saxophone player and is as slippery and hip as the young Mel Tormé.”

The Jazz Education Journal chose Shade as a Top 5 Vocal CD of the year. It was the only self-produced album in a lineup of luminaries Andy Bey, Kitty Margolis, Mark Murphy and Judi Silvano. “He is a welcome change from the more predictable vocal jazzers in the competitive vocal milieu. Scott's voice is refreshingly different; he explores, discovers, and shares resulting creative approaches to melodies and doesn't fail to swing,” said Herb Wong’s review. “I haven’t been this moved by a performance of ‘For All We Know’ since Carmen McRae.”

“Crystal clear diction, squeaky clean tone and the ability to scat like a true horn player are among the qualities that set this vocalist apart from hundreds of thousands of jazz singers of either sex. … [Scott is] an indisputable jazz artist that belongs in the spotlight,” says Ori Dagan of ejazznews.com.

Since the recording of Dyad, Scott has been experimenting with widely varying styles of music. He founded the Hard Bop Sextet featuring Greg Hopkins to explore funky jazz inspired by 1960s Blue Note recordings. As a member of the vocal quartet Syncopation, which the Boston Globe calls “a 21st-century Manhattan Transfer or Lambert, Hendricks and Ross,” Scott sang and played trumpet with the Boston Pops and the New England Wind Symphony. He appeared as a guest soloist on Mina Cho’s Originality album, which received a four-star review in DownBeat Magazine. Not content to sing only contemporary music, Scott has performed with the Blue Heron Renaissance choir, which the New Yorker praises for “fresh ideas” and “expressive intensity.”

“Collaboration is the name of the game for me right now,” Scott says. “It gets me out of myself. There are so many genius musicians in Boston, there’s not enough time to work with them all.”

The grand collaboration of Hopeful Romantic is with Gold- and Platinum-award winning producer/musician Anthony J. Resta, whose resumé includes work with veteran bands like Duran Duran, Collective Soul and Shawn Mullins as well as up-and-comers The Cinnamon Fuzz and The Elevator Drops. While Scott recorded all the lead vocals and multitracked the background vocals in his bedroom (pictured on the CD jacket), his piano and Rhodes parts were tracked in the liquid centre of the rhythm factory, the heart of the sci-fi mambo lab: Resta’s recording studio Bopnique Musique. Tucked away beneath an old mill complex north of Boston, Resta’s secret lair hides like a musical comic-book hero’s Beat Cave, with dozens of guitars, vintage keyboards, electronic doohickeys and musical toys that he and engineer Karyadi Sutedja employ to create grooves and atmospheres.

It might seem an unlikely pairing, the jazzer and the mad scien

Lyrics

The Sign On My Door

Written By: David Thorne Scott and John Stein

When I see your eyes
Smiling that way
I stop whatever I’m doing
And get ready to play

Check in with me early,
Or late, or in between
I’ll provide room service
If you know what I mean.

You can act nonchalant
And pretend you don’t care
But I know what you want
When you play with your hair.

Cancel my meetings
Turn off the phone
I am feeling well
I'm stayin' home.

That’s my sign
I don’t mind
I got the time

The sign on my door says, "Please Disturb"!

Let the paper stay there
Cuz I don't even care
What the headlines are

Let the coffee cool down
While we're foolin' around
We can go to Starbucks afterwards

Cancel my meetings
Turn off the phone
I am feeling well
I'm stayin' home.

That’s my sign
I don’t mind
I got the time

The sign on my door says, "Please Disturb"!

Who Doesn't Want To Fall In Love

Written By: David Thorne Scott and Scarlet Keys

Love, love, draws you in,
A sweet kiss will come, then it turns and runs
but you still taste it
Every time you swear you’ll quit it
But deep down deep
You can’t resist it
‘Cuz who doesn’t want to fall
Who doesn’t want to fall
In love?

Like a bad stray dog, comin'’round
It’s not welcome in the house,
But still you chase it
You can’t turn your back on love,
It’s not a thing to be trusted,
not for a minute
But who doesn’t want to fall
Who doesn’t want to fall
In love?

Sweet hellos and sad goodbyes
You see your life flash in her eyes
That’s the way it’s always been
Down that road and back again,

[INST]

What's behind that smile?
What's beyond that bend in the road?
What's with those big eyes?
Hey, she might be looking at you !

You think you’re much too cool for love
Too smooth to be a fool for love
but you dig it
You say you’re jaded say you’re bored
But you love to hate that revolving door
just admit it
‘Cuz who doesn’t want to fall
Who doesn’t want to fall
In love?

Too Late

Written By: David Thorne Scott

You understood better than anyone else
You knew me better than I knew myself
Grateful I had you to hold on to
A warm fire to come home to

I never knew what
Could go wrong because
I was weak and
Love was strong, but I
Guess I guess I failed you
In some way, Or I
Wouldn't be crying
Still today, but it's

Too Late
It's too late for me now
I let you get away somehow
Oh…
It's too late

When I saw that you'd moved on
Like a loving Amazon
It hit me like a punch that reversed me
Nothin but a whiskey bottle could have nursed me

But now you're gone, and I've
Gone ahead, And I
Just can get myself
Out of bed, But
After all is
Said and done, I
Still believe that
You're the one, but it's

Too Late
It's too late for me now
I let you get away somehow
Oh…
It's too late

You said "can't we be friends?"
I knew just what you meant
You wanna get back with me
To feel good about yourself again

I really really wanted to
But a voice inside said "Don't do it."
I just wanted to hide in your boudoir
I couldn't lower myself so far

So now it's you who is
Out of time, and
You can go on and
Lose your mind, 'cause
Since that pain you
Laid on me, if
I learned nothing, it's
Tragedy, cause it's

Too Late
It's too late for me now
I let you get away somehow
Oh…
It's too late

More Than One Way

Written By: David Thorne Scott

Bought it
I believed what you told me
Got it
I got the message, yeah
I believed when you told me that I was gonna have to do it your way
You said there's only one way.

Caught it
I caught the fever you were givin' me
Thought it
I was obsessive, yeah,
I was burnin' with the knowledge that you were gonna point me to the one way
You said there's only one way.

You touched my soul for a while
You got me out of my head when I needed you
And always made me smile
But the price
That you asked
Me to pay was over and above
The normal dedication of love

But it was
Not it
It's not the way that I wanted
Fought it
I fought your method, yeah
I rejected all the parts of your plan that said I'd have to do it your way
I know there's more than one way

I Should Take It From Here

Written By: Alison Wedding

I saw you in the corner trying to blend in
But you couldn't hide from me
So I counted to 10, I took a few steps closer in
And I forgot how to breathe
And then caution showed up
And I threw it right out the window

I should take it from here
Cause you really got me fascinated
From this moment it's obvious you're the one
Time is tickin' on by
If I don't move forward I could lose you
So I push my fear aside
Cause I won't let you get away

So I got up the nerve, I made my move toward where you stood
But you were nowhere to be found
What a joke, just my luck
Seems you slipped right through my fingers
Before I had my mind make up
But then I spun around and there you were smilin' at me.

I should take it from here
Cause you really got me captivated
From this moment it's obvious you're the one
Time is tickin' on by
If I don't move forward I could lose you
So I push my fear aside
Cause I won't let you get away

You don't have to tell me how rare this is
Cause I never felt anything remotely like it
These feelings we can't deny
We've got to give us a try

I should take it from here
Cause you really got me fascinated
From this moment it's obvious you're the one
Time is tickin' on by
If I don't move forward I could lose you
So I push my fear aside
Cause I won't let you get away

Discography

"Hopeful Romantic" (2012)
"Dyad" with Mark Shilansky (2007)
“Shade” (2004) [Top 5 Vocal CD of 2004 by Jazz Education Journal]
"Sing For Your Supper" (2000)

"Wonderful You" with Syncopation (2008)
"Distilled" with Vocalogy (2005)

Set List

The Sign On My Door
When You're Around
Wisdom From Truth
I Should Take it From Here
More Than One Way
Shade
Too Late
Crossing the Line
What I Look Like from Within
Who Doesn't Want To Fall In Love