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scat

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a type of jazz singing characterized by improvised vocal sounds instead of words

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2
any marine and freshwater percoid fish of the Asian family Scatophagidae, esp Scatophagus argus, which has a beautiful coloration

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an animal dropping
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Several poets from Langston Hughes to Amiri Baraka have made use of scat singing by placing runs of nonsensical syllables at crucial junctures within the text when language seems to collapse.
After Guildhall studies she sang with the Baroque-to-jazz crossover group The Swingle Singers and developed a gift for improvisation and scat singing.
Bassist Washington plucked out a booming solo before drummer Nash took the tune out with some unexpected scat singing that augmented his powerful drumming.
She manages this also in the Three Encores by David Rakowski, which includes the fun of scat singing in the middle movement, "Scatter.
That Old Black Magic, The Lady is a Tramp and Blue Skies went with a real swing, with Martin showing off scat singing skills Ella would have approved of.
Tracks to watch out for include Night in the City which features Shaw doing some fine scat singing while Nigel Hitchcock stars on saxophone; Talk To Me, from Joni's 1977 album and Don Juan's Reckless Daughter which rocks gently along and features some stellar trumpet playing by Guy Barker.
On most of the numbers performed at this Huddersfield Jazz gig she followed her statement of the melody with wordless choruses in which she was not so much scat singing as improvising new material through the chords, just as a horn player would.
Let's face it: Scat singing is an art best left to Ella Fitzgerald and very few others.
Benson is without doubt at his best when exploring his jazz history and mercifully he took a break from his cheesy ballads to indulge in some acapella scat singing.
Marin's bopish scat singing enabled tunes Casera Ten Cuidado, Cara De Payaso, Cuando Llegare and Se Te Quemo La Casa to sound exciting.
Go to YouTube, and you'll find clips of him singing everything from Bach cantatas and Mozart opera - he's wonderful as Papageno in "The Magic Flute" - to a Paul Robeson-inspired "Old Man River," a nightclub version of "Moon River" and even improvised scat singing with Bobby McFerrin (who's also going to be at the 40th anniversary bash here in Eugene).
The shuffling beats, the laidback scat singing and gutsy holler, the chewy blues riffs, the "tapping" of strings all struck a chord with anyone who had stumbled across his shows in the South-west and the low-key release sold out its 3,000 copies.