Play America The demo of an arrangement I did for Herbie Hancock and Lang Lang, who were working on a duo CD; this is “America” from West Side Story. Dig the “classical piano” I came up with for Lang Lang; this project got shelved, but the arrangments burn pretty hard!

 

Play Dreamer A chunk of film score I wrote and orchestrated, recorded live at Fox Newman Studios with a 45-piece orchestra. This was a scene from “Dreamer”, the great girl-loves-horse story, and this played under the climactic horse race at the very end. Written for ASCAP’s Film and TV Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis, where I was awarded the Harold Arlen Award for best score.

 

Play Footprints This is an arrangement in the works for Herbie and Wayne Shorter.  Herbie gave me this assignment:  Take some incredible duo performances he’d done with Wayne and build orchestral arrangements around them.  So what you hear on this track is a live concert performance by Herbie and Wayne, and I built the orchestra around what they did that night. As I was listening to the duo hit in Herbie’s studio, I asked him “so did you and Wayne used to do stuff like this at soundcheck on a Miles gig?” And I loved his answer: “Oh hell no, we could never have done this kind of thing back then”. 75 and still expanding exponentially, a real role model. Hell of a fun project, this!

 

Play Don't Give Up My warm strings/horns orchestral backing is featured in this cut from Herbie Hancock’s “Imagine Project”, featuring John Legend and Pink on vocals, and the most gorgeous touch ever to grace a piano on the piano…

 

Play Somewhere Here’s another arrangement from the Herbie/Lang Lang project. My original concept was more spacious with the pianos; I envisioned it as a kind of “touch piece” rather than quite such a florid thing on the Lang Lang part, at least. But Clive Davis, who was digging the project, wanted me to “challenge our piano players more” (as if!), so I wrote more piano in there.

 

Play Sonrisa Another of the Herbie/Wayne pieces, this is Herbie’s great tune “Sonrisa”. And again, a completely spontaneous on-the-spot version that was probably 180 degrees away from the previous night’s performance…