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  • 1. Jetsons, The
    2. My Favorite Things
    3. Leave It to Beaver
    4. Bali Ha'i
    5. Schindler's List
    6. Hawaii Five-O
    7. America
    8. Mannix
    9. Ben Casey
    10. Raiders March
    11. Forrest Gump
    12. Maniac
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4967

  • Credits
    ProducerKevin Clark; Randy Waldman

    Personnel: Randy Waldman (trumpet, piano); Michael Sembello (vocals, guitar); Rev. Dave Buroff, Branford Marsalis (soprano saxophone); Michael Brecker, Ernie Watts, Tom Scott (tenor saxophone); Lew Soloff (trumpet, flugelhorn); Gary Grant, Randy Brecker (trumpet); Bob McChesney (trombone, bass trombone); Gary Burton (vibraphone); Michael O'Neil, Kevin Clark (guitar); John Patitucci (bass); Vinnie Coliauta (drums); The Studio City String Orchestra.
    Engineers include: Randy Waldman, Kevin Clark, Al Houghton.
    Principally recorded at Hot Tin Roof, North Hollywood, California, Randini Studios, Studio City, California, and Dubway Studio, New York, New York.
    Personnel: Randy Waldman (trumpet, piano); Michael Sembello (vocals, guitar); Kevin Clark (guitar); Juliann French, Darius Campo (violin); Andrew Picken (viola); Larry Corbett, Armen Ksadjikian (cello); Ernie Watts, Michael Brecker (saxophone); Branford Marsalis (soprano saxophone); Tom Scott (tenor saxophone); Lew Soloff (trumpet, flugelhorn); Gary Grant, Randy Brecker (trumpet); Bob McChesney (trombone, bass trombone); Gary Burton (vibraphone); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Kevin Clark.
    Recording information: Berklee Music Studio, Branford; Dubway Studio, New York, NY; Hot Tin Roof, North Hollywood, CA; Marsalis's House, New York, NY; Randini Studios, Studios City, CA; Vinnie's Garage, Van Nuys, CA.
    Arranger: Randy Waldman.
    Quick, name the last time you heard a cover of "Schindler's List" on the same recording as a heartfelt, orchestral-flavored reading (by original artist Michael Sembello!) of the cheesy Flashdance classic "Maniac." Not recently? What about a frenetic jazz jam of the theme from The Jetsons alongside "Mannix" and "Forrest Gump"? That sort of unique, tongue-in-cheek playfulness alongside some serious jamming by the jazz elite sums up the concept of this project. One of the most in demand pianist/keyboardists in music, Randy Waldman has recorded with everyone from Michael Jackson and Madonna to George Benson and Frank Sinatra. He brings his myriad talents as pianist, arranger, and trumpeter to this collection, artfully rearranging these pieces and performing them with a virtuostic jazz twist. The disc features the dynamic interplay of Waldman's trio (John Patitucci, Vinnie Colaiuta) and a lineup of guests including Michael and Randy Brecker, Gary Burton, Branford Marsalis, Tom Scott, and Ernie Watts. Expect the unexpected, is what Waldman and his spirited pals seem to be telling listeners. Waldman goes the heartfelt, mostly solo route for a straightforward jazzy approach to "Forrest Gump," then goes crazy improvising off the hook on "The Jetsons" and "Leave It to Beaver." "My Favorite Things" and "Schindler's List" (featuring Marsalis on soprano) are given true film score/jazz trio renderings, while "Hawaii Five-O" utilizes the great horn energy of Randy Brecker and Gary Grant. "America" (the West Side Story version) features some of Waldman's most percussive work. It would be easy to play this sort of collection straight, but it's more in the spirit of great jazz to have this much fun. ~ Jonathan Widran

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (3/02, p.92) - "...A fun set of mostly familiar melodies done up in larger-than-life jazz..."
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