In in 2004, I had the pleasure of seeing Lalo Schrifin perform live at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. That's a fairly small venue, seating 100, and Lalo led the evening on piano, accompanied by trumpeter Jon Faddis, Tom Scott on saxophone and flute, Dave Carpenter on bass and Alex Acuna on drums, with a 15-piece brass and percussion ensemble. They played played Lalo's Gillespiana Suite to a full house, I brought my parents who were visiting from UK, and it was an electrifying experience.
The thing I most remember, after the show, I wanted to say a few words to Mr. Schifrin to introduce him to my Dad who is a jazz singer from England, but as I was getting Lalo's autograph, music industry folk swarmed in, all of whom appeared to know Lalo, and my folks and I got pushed aside. We hung around, still buzzed from the show, and as we prepared to leave after a few minutes, Mr. Schifrin said 'Excuse me' and he interrupted the industry people so he could complete his conversation with me and say a few words to Dad. What a gent, and a brilliant musician.
On June 21st in France we celebrate music -- pouring with rain --but i didn't know it was Lalo Schifrin's birthday. So today, as i was collecting on Youtube some fun links on Lalo to share with friends of mine, i incidentally came across -- among many famous scores and tunes -- this obscure tv-movie : give a listen to the very first minutes! Pure Schifrin!
You can watch it in 4 parts. It's part from a tv-show titled THE SITHX SENSE i'd never heard of before. Is it still famous within the US? I watched this very entertaining and nicely spooky episode which is obviously not linked at all with later Shyamalan's movie. Obviously the show ages a little bit -- but i liked it quite a lot, mainly because i didn't expect anything. Are the other episodes worth seeing as well in terms of dark mood and scoring?