May 16, 1966 Frank Sinatra records “Summer Wind” with Nelson Riddle.
When I was studying with Sanford Gold he went on the road and had me study with arranger Manny Albam while he was gone.
So I studied arranging and orchestrations intensely with Manny for a couple of months. My lesson followed trumpet player John Faddis‘ lesson. I was about 19 at the time and when our lessons overlapped I would listen these two guys talk about the music business — very enlightening and sometime disheartening — but I remember them talking about Nelson Riddle’s arrangements and how great they were. (btw, Nelson Riddle has a great book on arranging.)
I always think about what Manny Albam taught me. He said, “You take care of quantity and let God take care of quality.”
When I’d come in with a completed assignment he’d say, “Do three more.”
I’d ask “Don’t you want to see what I did?” but he’d just say, “Keep moving forward and when you get ten done we’ll look at them all.”
Well, here I am, Day 40 in my projected year-long series of videos and blogs. Keep moving forward!