Complete Recordings

Be Gentle

Scott Detweiler

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2019 (Detweiler Records)

"Be Gentle" is the first single to be released in 2019 for Scott Detweiler.

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Between Lake and River

Scott Detweiler

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2018 and 2003 (Detweiler Records)

2018 marks the 300th anniversary of the founding of the City of New Orleans and the 15th anniversary of the recording and release of "Between Lake and River". This epic studio album is Detweiler's haunting tribute to his hometown of New Orleans.

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Magnificat In Blue

Scott Detweiler

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2017 (Detweiler Records)

Magnificat In Blue” is Detweiler's musical/lyrical interpretation of The Annunciation and visitation of Mary and Elizabeth. It is an oratorio in one act, based on the Gospel of Luke. The premiere performance was on May 13, 2017 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Encino, California, where SD is a member of the music ministry. It was performed by Mr. Detweiler (on guitar and vocals) and Bill Johnston (on soprano saxophone and clarinet).

“I first set the actual words from the Magnificat (Luke 1:46 – 55) to music. Then I built the piece around it with original lyrics”, explains Detweiler. Wikipedia lists the names of over 200 (two hundred) composers who have composed works based on The Magnificat, including Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff. Detweiler adds his name to the list with a score and libretto he hopes will touch and inspire listeners of all ages and of all faiths.

One of the unique aspects of the work, in addition to one person singing the parts of all four characters (Elizabeth, Zechariah, Gabriel and Mary) is that the lyrics tell the story from the perspective of Elizabeth. At the time Mary announces to Elizabeth that Elizabeth will bear a son named John, Elizabeth is beyond her child-bearing years. “My wife Elsa and I have very close friends who had great difficulty having children”, Detweiler says, “and I drew from the experience in supporting them through their struggle that helped me to write the lyrics from her perspective”.

The piece opens with the powerful acapella start to the song , “Change”, sung by Elizabeth (please listen to it at the top of this page). She explains her own change, from being a young bride with the hope of bearing a child for her husband, Zechariah, to the disappointment in her later years, as a childless woman. (History tells us that in this ancient culture, childless couples bore a stigma and were ostracized by those who had children). By the end of the oratorio, after Elizabeth receives the message from Mary and actually feels the kick of her infant son in her womb, she is transformed. Once again she experiences yet another change when she realizes that she has not been forsaken by God. She feels beautiful, valuable and relevant. “Magnificat In Blue”, is a story of hope and faith.
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Funkisimo

Scott Detweiler N.O. Jazz Funksemble

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2013 (Detweiler Records)

FUNKISIMO is one of 3 (three) albums released simultaneously in 2013. Performed by Detweiler’s New Orleans Jazz Funksemble, featuring Ed Cogan on piano/keyboards, Bill Johnston on saxes, Dale Jennings on bass and Albert Trepagnier on drums, it provides a candid glimpse of Detweiler’s raw and spontaneous performance style, as captured by a single microphone. There no overdubs or retakes, FUNKISIMO is Detweiler live, unrehearsed and in the truest and purest artistic form of music possible.

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Ghoses

Scott Detweiler

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2013 (Detweiler Records)

GHOSES is one of 3 (three) albums released simultaneously in 2013. Performed by Detweiler’s New Orleans Jazz Funksemble, featuring Ed Cogan on piano/keyboards, Bill Johnston on saxes, Dale Jennings on bass and Albert Trepagnier on drums, it provides a candid glimpse of Detweiler’s raw and spontaneous performance style, as captured by a single microphone. There no overdubs or retakes, GHOSES is Detweiler live, unrehearsed and in the truest and purest artistic form of music possible.

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Johnston Solo Sessions

Scott Detweiler

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2013 (Detweiler Records)

Johnston Solo Sessions is an intimate collection of songs performed solo by Detweiler (acoustic guitar and vocals) in one take. It was recorded at Addison Studios in North Hollywood, California. PRODUCED BY BILL JOHNSTON

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Lady of Lima

Scott Detweiler

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2013 (Detweiler Records)

Lady of Lima is an instrumental collection of pieces composed by Scott Detweiler. "The Sun Will Rise", composed for string quartet and alto saxophone, was inspired by the Hurricane Katrina disaster that struck New Orleans in 2005. Each of the four movements tells a chapter in Detweiler's story about the incident. Although he was not living in the Crescent City at the time of the tragedy, it affected him because of the devastation suffered by most of his family, including his siblings and their families, his parents, aunts, uncles and cousins and hundreds of childhood friends and neighbors. The first movement, "Glisten" is his musical interpretation of the glisten of lights on the flood waters. The water was still, the air was silent and since there was no electricity, the only lights available shine off of the water were the headlights of emergency vehicles or flashlights from the boats of emergency rescue teams. The second movement, "Dixie", is how New Orleans should sound (at least to the ears of the composer). The third movement, "Dirge", is a memorial penned to honor those who suffered the ultimate sacrifice at the hands of the storm. (Detweiler was on stage to conduct the premiere of "The Sun Will Rise" and could hear the audience sniffling and crying during the performance of "Dirge". It is considered to be one of his most moving compositions). The fourth and final movement, "Cigar", is Detweiler's musical portrait of a big man driving a big car through the dry streets of Post-Katrina New Orleans, smoking a big cigar. Because of the looting, fires, flood damage and the closed roads going into the city, goods like cigars were scarce until months after the disaster. The cigar is a symbol of prosperity and hope.

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Mercy Of The Groove

Scott Detweiler

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2012 (Detweiler Records)

MERCY OF THE GROOVE is the 5th Scott Detweiler release in his series of albums chronicling early 21st century live music in Los Angeles. Released in 2012, it is the only album in the series that features the quintet. It follows solo performances, RENDITIONATION INTEGRATION (2009) & INFUSION WENT AWAY (2009), and the trio on BLUE ROASTED JAZZ (2010) and BIG SCOTT (2011).

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Osophagoose

Scott Detweiler N.O. Jazz Funksemble

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2013 (Detweiler Records)

OSOPHAGOOSE is one of 3 (three) albums released simultaneously in 2013. Performed by Detweiler’s New Orleans Jazz Funksemble, featuring Ed Cogan on piano/keyboards, Bill Johnston on saxes, Dale Jennings on bass and Albert Trepagnier on drums, it provides a candid glimpse of Detweiler’s raw and spontaneous performance style, as captured by a single microphone. There no overdubs or retakes, OSOPHAGOOSE is Detweiler live, unrehearsed and in the purest form of music possible.

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