"Thornewood" album released today 

Hello friends! I am very excited to release my new album "Thornewood" today. This project is special because it blends jazz and Americana music in an exciting new way. We can all agree that we need to bridge that rural/urban divide in this country, right? Well take a listen. 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.

 

JAZZIZ Magazine posts an exclusive song premiere  

We are marching toward the release of my upcoming album "Thornewood" on January 9th. The first single was released as an exclusive premiere on American Songwriter a few weeks ago.

Today, Jazziz Magazine releases the second single, "If I Needed You", featuring the stunning Paula Cole. Here's the link or you can download a PDF here.

 

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JAZZIZ Magazine, Dec. 18, 2020

Discover great new music this weekend with our weekly roundup of new songs and albums! This week’s New Release Cheat Sheet features new music by Fabrice Lecomte and Cécile McLorin Salvant, David Thorne Scott, Jana Herzen and more.

by Matt Micucci

David Thorne Scott, “If I Needed You” feat. Paula Cole [Song Premiere] 

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 Scott. “And I want fans of Americana music to love the electric crackle of city nights.”

https://www.jazziz.com/fabrice-lecomte-cecile-mclorin-salvant-jana-herzen-and-more-new-release-cheat-sheet/

now on Bandcamp 

Hey, guess who's now on Bandcamp? The L.A. Times calls Bandcamp the "anti-Spotify" because they have a radically transparent and artist-friendly approach to royalties. Follow me by clicking the icon below.

 

Advice to new jazz singers 

Singers: practice with playalong tracks by singing the melody over and over, each time with slight variations. But how do you decide what and how to change? Pay attention to the lyrics. Find a special word, and try singing it a) suddenly louder b) suddenly softer c) longer d) shorter e) with a rougher timbre f) with a scoop or slide g) with a melodic ornament h) with a rhythmic pattern you hear in the drums i) with a different pitch you hear from the piano j) etc., etc., etc. Do this for the whole length of the playalong. Do it again. Take a break and do it a couple of times tomorrow too. And the next day. 

Over time you may find yourself settling into a certain interpretation that is unique to you. You created it -- composed it -- through improvisation. Feels good, doesn't it?