I too agree with the other composers concerning the use of 'good' samples. I use EW, VSL and symphobia. These samples are more 'realistic' and will bring out the quality of your compositions much better. I also did my…"
"If we're going with the top five FILM composers, then my list is:
James Newton Howard tied with John Williams
Danny Elfman (clone of Bernard Herrmann)
Elmer Bernstein (Hell, just scoring "The Magnificent…"
"First off, anytime someone can have a real orchestra play their compositions is a plus. Second, reminds me a lot of Shostakovitch style Three, Very Good!
Side note: Was there an intonation problem throughout or, were you composing with a lot of…"
What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Television, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical (Romantic Period), Film
Is music your main income source?
Sort Of - Music Related
Where do you live?
About Me (MUST be more than 10 words to be approved):
I was born in Detroit, Michigan (Motown City). With famous neighbors such as: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye, it's no wonder that I would eventually find my path as a musician.
I attended Laney Jr. College, SFSU and CSUH. Upon graduating from CSUH with both Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Music Composition, I've worked in many local bands as a saxophonist, keyboardist and arranger, having composed for many artists as well as composed nearly 1000 compositions during those times, and worked on hundreds of albums in the Los Angeles area.
I've had the pleasure of working with many artists such as: Barry White, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Pharoah Sanders, Ahmed Jamal, Benny Golson, Sonny Stitt, Jon Hendricks, Hadley Caliman, Vinnie Colaiuta, El Debarge, Buddy Montgomery, Cedar Walton, Billy Higgins, John Handy, Jerome Richardson, Bill Cosby, Estaire Godinez, Mark Isham, Paul Buckmaster, Coco Lee, The Doobie Brothers, George Duke, David Murray, Eddie Henderson, Ed Kelly, America, Stevie Wonder, Wilton Felder , Lee Sanders, Paul Humphrey, Benny Green, Ray Obeido, Rodney Franklin, Michael Jeffries, Kevin Burton, Tower of Power, Gerald Albright, Ed Kelly, Bishop Norman Williams, Angela Bofill, Nathan East, Vince Cooper, Warren Wiebe, Lenny Pickett, Fattburger, Taste of Honey, Gene Page, The Slyvers, Benjamin Franklin Wright Jr., El Debarge, Chet Baker, John Faddis, Bill Bell, Lenny White, Bobby Hutchetson, Michael White, Jules Broussard, Norman Williams, Ray Drummond, Pepper Adams, Curtis Ohlson, Pete Escovedo, Josquin des Pres, Ralph Penland, Mike Wolff, Dexter Gordon, Tito Puentes, Roberto Carlos, Wayne Wallace and many, many more.
I've recorded four CD's of my own (Pop/R & B jazz) as well as focusing on composing, arranging and orchestration in a different genre, that of film and tv projects which has led to some of my compositions being 'placed' on CNN, Time Warner, CBS evening news, Extra, TMZ, The Discovery Channel and Entertainment Tonight and many 'corporate presentations'. I've also worked side by side with acclaimed composer, Lee Sanders of "The Amazing Race" reality series. That collaboration led to a small independent movie project called, "Not Too Tart, Not Too Sweet" in 2003.
I've been involved in a series of showgroups that performed in many of California's showrrooms and concerts overseas in Japan, Korea and other places in the world. I've opened concerts for the Doobie Brothers, Norman Brown, America and Spyro Gyra and others.
Having finally got 'off the road', I've committed myself to a home studio of which to continue composing and arranging and hopefully, become more active in the film industry.