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Frank Macchia

Jazzed Magazine • March 2008What's on Your Playlist? • March 11, 2008

Frank Macchia

Composer/arranger/saxophonist Frank Macchia has collaborated with such legends as Van Dyke Parks, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Yes, and Clare Fisher. In 2004, he was a Sundance Labs Composer Fellow and the recipient of a National Endowment Grant for Jazz Arts. Frank has written and orchestrated music for a number of television shows and films. Recently, Macchia helped with some of the orchestrations in the blockbuster movie, National Treasure: Book of Secrets. In January, his work on the score for Wade Balance’s short film, The HusBand was featured at the Park City Film Music Festival.

Macchia’s song, “Black Is The Color of My True Love’s Hair,” off of his 2007 album, Emotions, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of “Best Instrumental Arrangement.” Landscapes (Cacophony), Frank’s newly released disc, features the Prague Orchestra.

1 Pilgrimage Michael Brecker

“My idol, my sax hero since I was a kid, in his final album, and what a great album it is! Seriously deep compositions and incredible performances. I just get so sad thinking I won’t hear any more of his heartfelt sax playing. He gave us so much great music.”

2 The Way Up Pat Metheny Group

“I know this has been out a while, but I find myself listening to it over and over, always finding new things. That’s what I love about music always finding something new. The overall arch of composition in this work just kills me!”

3 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band The Beatles

“I recently read Here, There, and Everywhere by the Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick and it got me to pull out Sgt. Pepper and I realized once again why they were the huge phenomena of their time. There was nothing like this when it came out and it still holds up today, in my opinion.”

4 Underground Chris Potter

“Chris has such a strong linear concept and he’s got the whole package technique, sound, incredible time and just amazing musicianship.”

5 Des canyons aux e;toiles Messiaen

“I just went to a performance of this work by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the colors and orchestration of this piece made my mind reel. A fantastic work by a fantastic composer.”

6 The Nightfly Donald Fagen

“My six year-old son, Charlie, just loves this CD and I can see why. Fagen’s writing and the production are impeccable on this classic.”

7 Back East Joshua Redman

“I saw Joshua right when he started touring for this CD and he really impressed me with his artistry. I’ve been learning a lot listening to this album. He’s really a genius!”

8 Sky Blue Maria Schneider

“Cerulean Skies’ is a truly beautiful work and Maria is probably doing more for large ensemble jazz bands than anyone else. It’s so great to see this music emerge and capture the hearts of so many music fans. And the band has such strong soloists. I love this CD!”

9 My Foolish Heart Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJonette

“I just can’t get enough of this trio. This is what jazz is supposed to do, in my opinion: take chances, go places, and create an inner dialogue between players. It doesn’t get better than this.”

10 The Miraculous Mandarin Bartok

“Another work that I keep finding new things to hear. Bartok’s composition and orchestration are perfect on this piece and my favorite recording (so far) is by Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Orchestra.”

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