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by David Thorne Scott

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Timber! Cut at the knees, I'm slowly falling over, Diving like a swan toward you Thunder! Out of the blue, this feeling of surrender, Wind in my face, feeling gravity's embrace, the inexorable race to hold you closer than a lover Hunger! Old roots are gone, I’m going through September Trembling like a leaf for you I wonder who I was before, I hardly can remember Tasting the breath flowing into my chest, moving on past a death to find enchantment with the other Standing so tall for so long, no need to stay strong, Time to give in My soft heart doesn't need shielding, No shame in yielding it's not a sin I can't wait to fall right into you…
Let's all go to the dark side it's always full of charming losers Getting down bringing down the others who are tryin to go up where the wind blows to find good air We all know about the dark side whenever in our darkest moments We conceive what it's like to fall so far you never land let's go together come take my hand Sounds so sweet the dark side to enter into fallen nature blinded to all your sins no feeling past the here and now maybe we all are already there
Down the riverbed, the cranes are skimming low, Deciding where to land Their wheeling and turning don't help them know. This I understand When the morning mist is hanging in the air, concealing things below, There's longing and yearning to find somewhere, someone to call my home. Cast a line into the stillness of a lake and look to see it move. The watching and waiting keep me awake, Nothing else to prove. As my mind reflects the stillness of the scene, one thought keeps floating by: I am what I do, and I do no thing; So then, just who am I? The thermometer says minus five degrees, the sun is burning cold, my body behaves like its under seige, Closing off the world. If I ever wondered what it means to live as human, self-aware, my heartbeat, resisting that five below Told me all I need to know
Grow 05:10
Plant a seed in the ground, Tend it often and well, Soon a speck of green will be found And the tender shoots of life and care come up in parallel. It arose in me: And it will soon arise in everyone that I see Who's alive, awake, in the know; Then we all will grow.


I’ve been an East Coast jazz guy for all of my adult life, but for me the music washes through the prairie grass of my home state of Nebraska. That duality has always made me a bit different. I’m usually either the hippest or the squarest person in the room.

This album is my attempt to reconcile these two sides of my soul. I wanted to see if blazing bebop trumpet and weeping steel guitar could play nicely together.

There are songs from the Great American Songbook, plainspoken Texas songwriters and slick film composers. My original songs are inspired musically by hard bop, lyrically by the Great Plains.

The fury that accompanies red-state-vs.-blue-state thinking in this country is not sustainable. We need to recognize the humanity in each other. 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.

• I'm a child of the 80’s: MTV, Max Headroom, Atari. We Generation Xers express ourselves by wandering down to the ocean of irony, grabbing a surfboard of earnestness, and trying to catch a wave.
• I’m from Nebraska.
• I love that gritty early 1970's NYC sound (before it became Disney New York): early Billy Joel, Paul Simon. Paul Shaffer and G.E. Smith too.
• I love Carmen McRae more than anything, but I still get a thrill from that 80’s synthesizer gauze with the gated reverb backbeat.
• My generation of jazz musicians are sometimes thought of as quite conservative, but many of us treat the music of our day as source material for jazz explorations.
• Inspirations for finding the border of jazz and the "western" component of "Americana" music include Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny "Beyond the Missouri Sky", the Brian Blade Fellowship, Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Jerry Douglas.
• Some of my original songs on this record are about sandhill cranes and cornfields. Others are about creepy nighthawk types.
• Allison Tanenhaus’ cover art is reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen's “Nebraska” album but with more glitchy ecstatic color to go with the dust.
• Thornewood is a nickname one of my friends from Iowa tagged me with. Sounds vaguely snooty yet down-home.


released January 8, 2021

David Thorne Scott, voice
Paula Cole, voice (track 2)
Peter Eldridge, voice (track 6)
Kevin Barry, guitars
Mark Shilansky, piano and Rhodes
Marty Ballou, basses
Austin McMahon, drums
Walter Smith III, tenor saxophone (tracks 1, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12)
Jason Palmer, trumpet (tracks 3, 4, 9, 10)
Thaddeus Hogarth, harmonica (track 5)
Sara Caswell, violin (track 8)

Produced by David Thorne Scott and Mark Shilansky
(c) 2021 David Thorne Scott


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David Thorne Scott Boston, Massachusetts

“At a time of great conflict in our country – when words often fail us – music has the power to bridge divides. With his latest album Thornewood, released earlier this month, David Thorne Scott explores the intersection of Jazz and Americana, city and country, instrumentation and lyrics to create lush compositions and covers that are unifying, and healing, in their beauty.” - Laurie Fanelli ... more

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