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 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 1:51 PM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Sad news. The brilliant Mike Lang has passed from cancer. News is coming in all over social media.

James

Update: Obituary by friend, Jon Burlingame:

https://variety.com/2022/artisans/news/mike-lang-dead-jazz-pianist-1235335081/?fbclid=IwAR0bpk-zF-tTy1ALu3kRdVPtKjab1U7Ie9aSp6gKVCo2mwes-1-i7-DadIU

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I can't tell you how many times I've looked at musician credits and boom -- there he was. He was a staple, like Emil Richard and Carole King.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 2:25 PM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

Sad news. The brilliant Mike Lang has passed from cancer. News is coming in all over social media.

James


Oh nooooooooo.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

I'm heartbroken. He was such a lovely and giving person. Last time I spoke on the phone with him was over a year ago... we talked for almost an hour, and he told me many stories and anecdotes about working with Jerry Goldsmith (and other great film composers), many of which I have sadly forgotten (I didn't record the phone call). He was interested in doing a formal interview for The Goldsmith Odyssey too, and we always planned to do it, but alas it never came to pass. He never mentioned that he was ill. RIP to a great musician and a great person.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 2:59 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Added some sweaty blues licks to Barry's Body Heat and played a nice electric piano solo on the Yesternight Suite from Americans.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 3:06 PM   
 By:   Gold Digger   (Member)

So very sad to hear. Another great collaborator of JG passes away. Rest in Peace.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 3:42 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

He even scored the 1986 film HOLLYWOOD HARRY by himself:
https://youtu.be/mhBjFgzi290

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 4:05 PM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Oh my God, good heaven's, no!
I knew Mike Lang's name as a (jazz) pianist before I read his name as a session pianist on film scores like The Russia House. Always enjoyed his performances, no matter where his name was on. frown

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 5:51 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Immediately thought of his elegant work on Russia House, so perfect, so human.
So much great work from Mr Lang.
Rest in Peace

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2022 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   johnonymous86   (Member)

This is a shame, he really was one of those names that you see on almost every score featuring a piano recorded in LA.

Here are some that come to mind










It would be nice to see what everyone's favorite recordings of his are--I know there are tons.

 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2022 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

I got to hear him in a recording session once. I wouldn't remember him so well except that he made a boo-boo during one piece.

But whenever I knew it was him on a cd, I liked it. Rest in peace.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2022 - 5:14 PM   
 By:   townerbarry   (Member)

Of all the Clint Eastwood films, The Bridges of Madison County is truly lovely Composing by Lennie Neuhaus…while truly low and soft mostly through, it was Mike Lang’s Beautiful work that I still listen today. Sometimes Clint misses the mark on Understanding Film Composing and Placement. But The Bridges of Madison County, got it all right.

And Looking at Mike Lang’s body of work is truly amazing and not just film music. Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, and John Barry’s Works, and John Williams..The Towering Inferno. I remember Mike Lang on the Legacy of John Williams…Great Program.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 6, 2022 - 7:07 PM   
 By:   Zooba   (Member)

A nice Tribute to Mike Lang.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2022 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

I'll always remember Mike Lang for his super-fast playing on Bill Conti's I THE JURY main title:




RIP Mike.

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2022 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)




It would be nice to see what everyone's favorite recordings of his are--I know there are tons.


I didn't even know it was Mike Lang playing on HOOK, which of course has some excellent piano parts. He played piano on a lot of high-profile productions.

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2022 - 2:53 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

I was playing Intrada's album of Rozsa suites, "The Man in Half Moon Street" today, and Mike Lang's solo performance of the Love Theme (Track 6) came as a brief-but-timely tribute.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2022 - 4:24 AM   
 By:   Zooba   (Member)

The Williams HOOK piece is so "Dave Grusin" sounding as has been acknowledged many times on this board. Does anyone know if Lang worked on any Dave Grusin scores or soundtracks?

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2022 - 4:43 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

I remember that Lang wrote some pieces for Grusin's album HARLEQUIN, and I know they were both credited on the "Moment by Moment" soundtrack. I'm pretty sure that's not all, but those I can recall off-hand.
Of course, Grusin is an accomplished jazz pianist himself.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2022 - 11:42 AM   
 By:   Jack Warner   (Member)

Here's a wonderful tribute video from Austin Wintory

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2022 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   SingingObelisk   (Member)

Here's a wonderful tribute video from Austin Wintory



This really is a beautiful tribute. Well done!

 
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