LA Studio Musicians

by admin on April 20, 2009 · 7 comments

in Studio/Tech/Recording News

I came across a fabulous website during a random surfing session last week. LA Studio Musicians (The Usual Suspects) is an absolute goldmine of information about the amazing west coast musicians who create the music for movies, TV and popular music recording sessions, both past and present. Each of the masters of their craft has a tribute page, some more than one. Jerry Hey, the doyen of session trumpet players, has six!

There are stories and pictures galore, but, more importantly, a myriad of MP3s, videos and even PDFs of scores and parts. If you are interested in soundtracks, movie music in general, the instrumental/vocal backing for just about every great R&B/fusion/jazz artist of the past 50 years, a serious scholar or music student, this site is a must-see.

All the tribute pages within the site are almost reverential, as they should be. If you only have time for one or two today, check out a couple of trumpeters, Malcolm McNab and the aforementioned Jerry Hey (I should direct you straight to the flute page!). Between them, they have created the standard by which all others are judged. Click on McNabb’s recording of his trumpet arrangement of the slow movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto or Hey’s horn arrangements (with PDF score) of songs by Al Jarreau and Earth, Wind and Fire. Jaw dropping! Enjoy.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Gio Washington-Wright 04.21.09 at 8:58 pm

Thank you for visiting my site - and the wonderful review! I’m glad you like it.

P.S. There are actually 12 tribute pages for Jerry Hey!

admin 04.23.09 at 6:35 am

Welcome, Gio. An, it was my pleasure. What a great site.

I have loved the playing style of these guys my whole life. And to see Jerry’s charts for Al Jarreau, etc, was mind blowing. Great access!!!

My great friend, Ken Faria, mentioned that his old pal Malcolm McNab had moved out to LA after their stint playing chamber music in Maine. Lo and Behold, he’s been busying himself playing 2000 film scores, incl. Jaws and Jurassic Park!

Thanks again for putting the site together. Now, what about the greatest Hollywood flute player, Arthur Gleghorn? If so, and you need some help, just email me.

Also, in the spirit of protecting our Creative Commons copyright license, would you mind adding a link to Audiophilia from the text you copied on your site. Thanks.

Cheers, Anthony

Bruce 05.16.09 at 3:57 pm

Cool site, but were is Michael Landau? If you are not familiar with his work, take a look:

A remarkable player. Tone city.

mike 07.10.09 at 7:28 pm

Pleased you like my photograph of Air Studios but sadly no photo credit or link to our website



admin 07.11.09 at 7:25 pm

Dear Mike:

First, huge apologies. Fixed. Let me know if you’d like me to remove it. I can’t even remember if it was an oversight or plain stupidity on my part. Probably, the latter!

I should know better, since I’m the first to complain when our work is not properly sanctioned via our Creative Commons page. Also, the subject of the review copied the whole review to his site without a by or leave. And ignored the emails I sent!

Again, apologies. And let me know if you’d like it removed.

Cheers, a

Les 07.12.12 at 6:29 pm

Hey Audiophila (and Gio?),

I know this post was years ago, but I was a huge fan of the tribute page you’re referring to, and discovered a while back that it had been taken down. I can imagine the potential issues involved with keeping it active, but I’m so disappointed. It was excellent! And chance someone’s paying attention to this and knows if it’s been moved? Or if the sound files, at least, might be available somewhere else?


admin 07.12.12 at 7:26 pm

For sure. What an amazing site.

Here you go.

I edited the link in the body of the review.

Cheers, a

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