arranger, multi-instrumentalist and orchestrator who attended Indiana University and the National Music
Camp and studied with Bill Adam.
At IU, he and Kim Hutchcroft and Larry
Williams co-founded the jazz fusion group, Seawind. They released a self-titled album in
1976, followed by Window of a Child
in 1977 and Light the Light in
discography barely starts there.
As an arranger, flugelhorn player, saxophonist and trumpeter, he has
made himself invaluable in the recording studios and shaped the sound of
R&B-inflected pop in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Here is but a
handful of recordings on which he has worked: Above
and Beyond the Doll of Cutey by Pam Tillis; Bad, Off the Wall and Thriller by Michael Jackson; Bodies and Souls and Mecca for Moderns by The Manhattan
Transfer; Bossa Nova Hotel by Michael Sembello; Cat and
the Hat by Ben Sidran; Desire and Target by
Tom Scott; Eaten Alive by Diana
Ross; Electric Universe, Faces, I Am, Powerlight
and Raise! by
Earth, Wind & Fire; Every Home
Should Have One by Patti Austin; Heartbreaker
and 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs by Dolly
Parton; Heart of the Matter by
Kenny Rogers; Hits! by Boz Scaggs; Hollywood by Maynard Ferguson; Hot on the Trail and When Love Comes Calling by Deniece Williams; Incognito
by Spyro Gyra; In the Nick of Time by Nicolette
Larson; It’s Your Night by
James Ingram; L.A. is My Lady by
Frank Sinatra; Pipes of Peace by
Paul McCartney; Playin’ My Thang
by Steve Cropper; Pulse by Greg Phillinganes; Runaway
and Single by Bill Champlin; September
Morn by Neil Diamond; Set My Love
in Motion by Syreeta; Sometimes Late at Night by Carole Bayer Sager; Special Part of Me by Johnny Mathis;
Sunrise by Paulinho
Da Costa; That’s
What Friends Are For by Johnny Mathis and Deniece
Williams; 21 at 33 by Elton John;
and, Workin’ it Back by Teddy Pendergrass.
Some of the
songs that bear his signature sound include “Bad”, “Burn
This Disco Out” and “Workin’
Day and Night” by Michael Jackson, “Boogie Down” by Al Jarreau and Michael Omartian,
“I’m Going to Rio” by Paulinho Da Costa, and “Target” by Tom Scott.
which he has worked as a musician and/or orchestrator include Big Trouble, Bridge to Terabithia, City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s
Gold, The Color Purple, The Company Men, Flashdance, For Colored Girls, Give My Regards to Broad Street, Hairspray, I Can Do Bad All by Myself, John
Q., The Last Waltz, Mr. Magorium’s
Wonder Emporium, The Notebook,
The Proposal, Raw Deal, Reality Bites, Running
Scared, St. Elmo’s Fire,
The Ugly Truth, and The Wiz.
He has won
Grammy awards in the following categories: Best Album of Original Score Written
for a Motion Picture or a Television Special for Flashdance; Best Arrangement
on an Instrumental with Quincy Jones, Ian Prince and Rod Temperton for “Birdland”;
and, Best Instrumental Arrangement with Quincy Jones for “Ai No Corrida” and “Dinorah,
Dinorah”, and with David Paich and Jeff Porcaro for “Rosanna”.
Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Emotion (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb)
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