18 Responses to “Raymond Scott's Powerhouse performed by harmonica quintet sextet”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I count six there :P

    Awesome though :D

  2. jtegnell says:

    Just shows that being a pretty girl isn’t always a necessary condition for having Mark link to your music!

    But seriously, Raymond Scott’s music is teh awesome.

    A Scott cover band I can’t recommend highly enough is the Raymond Scott Orchestrette, assembled together by none other than Irwin Chisud of WFMU Incorrect Music fame. It’s a real tragedy this group will likely never release more than the one CD.

  3. Phikus says:

    I love how they pan over to the “orchestra” afterword, just for the “ta daa!” coda.

  4. Merlin Silk says:

    The sixth man in the quintet reminded me of the forth book in Douglas Adam’s Hitchhikers Trilogy ;-)

  5. bugmaker says:

    Nothing beats The Harmonicats!

  6. PaulR says:

    For the folks who weren’t aware that they were listening to Raymond Scott’s music when they were watching those old B&W cartoons by Warner Brothers, you can start here:
    Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals

    Some of the related videos link to more pieces by Scott.

  7. prufrock68 says:

    Hee hee–love the clever little tag at the end. Raymond Scott’s music is great–wildly creative and fun.

  8. Jasonclock says:

    I’ve wasted my life.

  9. wormbaby says:

    @#6 It’s a 48 chord harmonica. All the big players suzuki,horner make them. But they almost always cost over a thousand dollars!

  10. kpkpkp says:

    I think an accordion is in order here!

  11. haineux says:


      From the Jack Paar show, Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats shredding two of the most difficult pieces of their reperetoire:

    • • A slightly simplified version of Chopin’s Fantasie-Impromptu,
    • and then just to push things completely over the top:

    • • Kabelevsky’s The Galloping Comedians
  12. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if this was Pynchon’s inspiration for the Chums of Chance Harmonica Band tangent in Against the Day.

  13. Anonymous says:

    If five of them are considered dapper, what’s wrong with the sixth one? Is the fellow with the larger harp ‘bragging’, and therefore not dapper, perhaps?

  14. Anonymous says:

    I haven’t seen these guys in over 40 years. THANKS!!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    #2: Oh, was that Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats? I’ve heard recordings, and I’ve seen stills, but I wasn’t sure.

    #5: Harmonica is part of the same family of German (or German-influenced) free reed instruments as some kinds of button accordion and the Anglo-German Concertina. Harmonica reed construction (a single reed plate) is similar to that of accordions. So, yes, the overtones are similar; one of the largest differences (outside of the obvious one of mouth versus bellows-and-valves) is that harmonicas are designed so the pitch can be bent by over-blowing them; most other members of the family don’t allow that.

  16. orwellian says:

    My God(ot)! I’ve had that song bouncing around in my head for almost forty years! I am going to find/buy/steal everything that genius made.

    I am a happy mutant!

  17. coaxial says:

    Whoa. Bass harmonicas. This is the most mind blowing (yet, not entirely surprising) discovery since I saw a pack a of *racing* (i.e. “modified for racing”) unicycles. (Yes, the unicycles were racing as well.)

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