Aleph Records is proud to release Lalo Schifrin: My Life in Music, a four-CD boxed set of music from the legendary composer's career in film, jazz, and classical music. The set features music from three-dozen films, jazz and symphonic pieces composed by Schifrin, and unreleased music from films including Charley Varrick, The Beguiled, Joe Kidd, and Coogan's Bluff. Along with over five hours worth of music, a forty-eight page book is included with archival photos and notes.
According to John Burlingame, "It takes a certain skill set to compose for orchestra. It takes a different one to write and play jazz. It requires yet another to conduct a symphony orchestra. And the ability to handle the complex craft of writing music for moving images is still another. For one man to have mastered all of these and excelled at them for more than 50 years is exceedingly rare; in fact, practically unheard of."
"Spanning fifty years of accomplishment, Lalo Schifrin: My Life in Music is a tapestry of diverse composition; a mosaic of tone and color, honed and shaped with the maestro's precision," said the sets producer Nick Redman.
"I have been very fortunate in having the opportunity to compose music in the jazz, classical, and film/television genres during my career," said Schifrin. "This box set is a very broad sampling of some of those works. It is an opportunity to share some well-known pieces and discover new music as well."
This four-disc set spans music from all aspects of Mr. Schifrin's career, from the early beginnings of his film music to the big hits that include Mission: Impossible, Dirty Harry, Enter The Dragon, and Bullitt. Also represented is music from his jazz and classical compositions including work commissioned by Dizzy Gillespie, as well as the Grammy-nominated "Jazz Meets The Symphony" series.
His music is a synthesis of traditional and twentieth-century techniques, and his early love for jazz and rhythm are strong attributes of his style. "Invocations," "Concerto for Double Bass," "Piano Concertos No. 1 and No. 2," "Pulsations," "Tropicos," "La Nouvelle Orleans," and "Resonances" are examples of this tendency to juxtapose universal thoughts with a kind of elaborated primitivism. In the classical composition field, Schifrin has more than 60 works.
Schifrin has written over 100 film and television scores including Mission: Impossible, Mannix, Cool Hand Luke, Bullitt, The Cincinnati Kid, The Amityville Horror, Enter The Dragon, four of the Dirty Harry films, and more recently Abominable and the Rush Hour trilogy. Lalo Schifrin has now won five Grammys (twenty-two nominations), one Cable ACE Award, and six Academy Award nominations.
To borrow Gary Owens' inspirational title from 1968, there's a whole Lalo Schifrin goin' on. Was then, is now, and will be for a long, long time.