RANDY WALDMAN

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Before he began leading his own jazz group, pianist Randy Waldman made a comfortable living for many years as a session musician and arranger, working on everything from jazz to pop to R&B to film soundtracks. Waldman began playing piano at age five and performed with the Northwestern University band while still in high school. After graduation, he was hired to tour with Frank Sinatra; his next gig was with the Lettermen, after which he relocated to Los Angeles. He toured with Minnie Riperton, Lou Rawls, Paul Anka, and George Benson, the latter of whom hired Waldman to be his musical director and arranger for the next seven years. Eventually, Waldman quit to concentrate on his studio work, for which his reputation had been steadily growing. Waldman played piano (and occasionally trumpet) on a wide variety of recordings by high-profile artists, as well as a plethora of major-studio film soundtracks. read more...
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RANDY WALDMAN Piano Keyboards Synthesizers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Piano Keyboards Synthesizers
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1986
RANDY WALDMAN Entertaining With Style, Vol. 1: Bon Appetit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Entertaining With Style, Vol. 1: Bon Appetit
Third Stream 1993
RANDY WALDMAN Wigged Out album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wigged Out
Third Stream 1998
RANDY WALDMAN Unreel album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Unreel
Post Bop 2001
RANDY WALDMAN Music of the Carpenters album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Music of the Carpenters
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2003
RANDY WALDMAN Timing Is Everything album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Timing Is Everything
Post Bop 2003
RANDY WALDMAN Music Of Barry Manilow album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Music Of Barry Manilow
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2003
RANDY WALDMAN Superheroes album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Superheroes
Fusion 2018

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RANDY WALDMAN Superheroes

Album · 2018 · Fusion
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As the story goes, apparently veteran arranger/pianist Randy Waldman was seated at an event next to Adam West, the original TV Batman, and the two got to talking about music and it turned out that West is a big jazz fan. That got Randy to thinking about the idea of a ‘jazz superhero’, which led to the rather unusual idea of cutting an album of superhero themes while utilizing the talents of some of Waldman’s “jazz superheroes”, in other words some of today’s top jazz musicians. Well I am sure many around Randy figured this was a crazy idea that would soon pass, but no, he was serious and he actually did cut the album, “SuperHeros”. You might expect something kind of silly or campy would come from such an unexpected tribute, but Waldman takes this project seriously, and the professionalism of the arrangements and performances back this up. Randy combines fusion, post bop, Latin and contemporary big band style arrangements to create his re-makes, and enlists some top artists including George Benson, Joe Lavano, Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Daniels and many more. The melodies and harmonies of the original TV and movie themes are heavily altered to fit a modern jazz style, and there is plenty of room in each chart for hot solos.

The first half of the CD centers around the more well known themes, and these cuts also receive the most ambitious arrangements, with a couple tracks featuring a 13 piece horn section. As the CD nears the end we get into some themes that are less well known such as the long forgotten Underdog and Super Chicken. Alas, the one theme that is missing is the jazzy one from “The Green Hornet”. Possibly the top track on “SuperHeroes” is “Spiderman Theme”, which features the always amazing vocals of Take 6 actually singing the original words while also providing interesting backgrounds for the solos. You get the feeling that Take 6 really are Spiderman fans finally getting a chance to sing about something that matters to them. Some other highlights include Marsalis’ time fooling elastic trumpet solo on “Batman Theme (TV)” and Eddie Daniel’s bebop ride on the insanely fast “Super Chicken Theme”. For the musician in the house, you will enjoy pointing out to people where the band uses the changes for “Giant Steps” for solos, and the fact that the TV Batman theme has the same changes as “Mr PC”.

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