Randy Waldman: UnReel
Waldman was a piano child prodigy by age 5. Eventually, he settled for a music career with the television and motion picture industry. By now, he's performed on hundreds of motion picture soundtracks. His percussive piano style makes changes in mood as emphatic as desired. Performing "Forrest Gump" as solo piano, Waldman drifts from scene to scene, recalling how the film moved seamlessly through time. Strong appearances by Lew Soloff, Tom Scott and Bob McChesney give the mainstream session a lift. The final number, "Maniac," departs from the album's formula and introduces a little quiet storm magic. While Michael Sembello's voice and guitar offer a pleasant closing, it's a stark reminder that many television and motion picture soundtracks simply cannot stand alone. Lalo Schifrin's "Mannix," Leonard Bernstein's "America" and John Williams' "Raiders March," on the other hand, provide clear examples of music that can stand up and be recognized. Randy Waldman's homage to these compositions can be enjoyed by all.
Track Listing: The Jetsons; My Favorite Things; Leave It To Beaver; Bali Hai; Schindler's List; Hawaii Five-O; America; Mannix; Ben Casey; Raiders March; Forrest Gump; Maniac.
Personnel: Randy Waldman- piano, trumpet; John Patitucci- bass; Vinnie Colaiuta- drums; "Rev" Dave Boruff, Branford Marsalis- soprano saxophone; Michael Brecker, Ernie Watts, Tom Scott- tenor saxophone; Gary Grant, Randy Brecker- trumpet; Lew Soloff- trumpet, flugelhorn; Bob McChesney- trombone, bass trombone; Gary Burton- vibraphone; Kevin Clark, Michael O'Neil- guitar; Michael Sembello- guitar, vocal; Darius Campo, Juliann French- violin; Andrew Picken- viola; Larry Corbett, Armen Ksadjikian- cello; Dave Carpenter- bass on "My Favorite Things."
Record Label: Concord Music Group