Despite starting life primarily as a composer for my big band, in recent years I’ve been asked to write more and more for film and TV projects as well. The playlist below features selections from a number of different projects I’ve been involved with, often with Guillermo del Toro and Jorge Gutierrez. The projects represented here include Maya and the Three, Trollhunters, The Shape of Water, Crimson Peak, and The Book of Life, and some from projects where I helped out composers when they needed some jazz source music.
Going to See La Muerte, Candlemaker Sees All, and Manolo Faces All Bulls are from my previous Jorge Gutierrez project, The Book of Life. Gustavo Santaolalla wrote the original songs for this movie, and these cues use elements of that music for their melodies.
Rot Sets In, Two on One, and Blinky’s Present were written for Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia.
Pandora’s Box and Mercer-naries are from an unaired pilot about a brain trust brought together to thwart terrorist attacks.
Aren’t We Nice is a track I wrote as source music for Pushing Daisies.
Crying Because was written for Jim Bianco. He also wrote the lyrics.
Here’s a more detailed look at the track “The Moon and the Sun” from Maya and the Three.