Sears, Scott, Swann & Stanley
|The birth of the 4S'd ensemble came to be in a round about way. In June of 2008 Thomas Scott started writing Big Band compositions for The Muffins. Thomas judged all of the early compositions as unusable, however, in August of 2008 he finished a composition titled 2319 that encompassed his 'Muffin sensibilities' and Big Band background (Thomas had spent a good part of his formative years playing in Big Bands). 2319 was good enough to move forward to recording. By August of 2009 Thomas had about 9 compositions complete and had introduced the idea to the band members, of The Muffins doing a Big Band CD. 'Palindrome' was complete and scheduled for 2010 release and the band was gearing up to record 'Mother Tongue'. As time became available, Dave Newhouse started compositions for the Big Band CD and by the end of 2012 recording for the Big Band CD was underway. Mark Stanley was asked and accepted an invitation to handle the guitar parts. It appeared as though clear sailing was ahead, but as happen stance would have it 'change was in the air'. Paul Sears moved to Arizona, slowing recording progress considerably, the band had always created rhythm tracks as a unit and long distance recording was new and going to be problematic. The partial recordings from Dave's studio and Thomas's studio were combined and the result lacked a unified sound and intent. By March of 2015 it was obvious that Dave and Thomas had reached a point where, as friends for life, their musical efforts together were complete. Billy Swann, Paul Sears, Mark Stanley & Thomas F Scott decided to continue on with the project. Thomas wrote more compositions and the next two years served to resolve the long distance recording issues (this was accomplished through a herculean effort on the part of each band member to interpret and record parts in their respective home studios) and produced what had been envisioned by Thomas nearly a decade earlier.|
Man or Muffins Credits
Thomas F Scott's horns, keyboards and vocals recorded at The Mountain in Madison, Virginia, by Thomas F Scott
Billy Swann's bass recorded at The Mountain in Madison, Virginia and at The Mountain (mobile unit) in Orangeburg, South Carolina, by Thomas F Scott
Paul Sears drums recorded at his Arizona Studio by Joshua Medina and Paul Sears
Mark Stanley's guitar and bass tracks recorded at Davis Intergalactic, Gaithersburg, Maryland by Mark Stanley.
The 4S'd-ettes (Ena Scott, Tara Scott, Dawn Scott & Susan Scott) recorded at The Mountain by Thomas F Scott
Man or Muffin was recorded and mixed between January of 2009 an August of 2017.
Cover art by Tara Scott
Produced by Thomas F Scott
Mastered by The Sound Lab
Published by Hobart Records Copyright 2017, Thomas F Scott
A special thanks to Jason Moss of Behind The Speakers for his helpful production advise with this project.