Monday, October 26, 2009

Michel Colombier - Old Fool Back On Earth

Michel Colombier (May 23, 1939 - November 14, 2004), was a French composer, songwriter, arranger, and conductor who collaborated with prestigious artists including Charles Aznavour, Serge Gainsbourg, Beach Boys, Supertramp, Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Roberta Flack, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Neil Diamond, Herbie Hancock, Earth Wind and Fire, Joni Mitchell, David Sanborn, Branford Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Jaco Pastorius and Madonna. His legendary album Wings, earned him three Grammy Award. He scored more than one hundred feature, cable, and television films including White Nights, Against All Odds and the legendary Purple Rain, for which he won a Grammy as well as an Academy Award for Best Song Score. “Old Fool Back on Earth” has to be his masterpiece. In his own words: “This is the story I dreamed when I heard this music, but feel free to dream your own”. Part classical, part jazz, part cinematic but always beautiful, it appeals to any music lover. It features the London Symphony Orchestra, Ernie Watts on all sax solo parts, Patti Austin, James Ingram, Alex Ligertwood, Wayne Anthony and Phil Perry on vocals, Abraham Laboriel on bass, Chester Thompson and Fernando Toussaint on drums, Paulinho Da Costa and Alex Acuna on percussion, LA horn section and background vocals. A great story and beautiful artwork by Jean-Michel Folon and Milton Glaser. Complete biography. Album details and artwork. The CD is out-of-print but it is available at iTunes.

Track Listing as it appears on the CD:
Disc: 1
1. Old Fool Back on Earth
2. God Pan
3. My Fairy in the Crystal Reeds (And Other Frogs)
4. Nymphéas
5. Alone?
6. Angel of Love
7. Dolorosa (sampled above)
8. Woman
9. Solitario
10. Infinite Human
11. Wish I Could Stay
Disc: 2
1. Nightbird-The Forest
2. Nightbird-The City
3. Nightbird-The Island
4. Minotaur
5. Nuit et Solitude
6. Alone Again
7. I Call You My Love

Old Fool Back On Earth - Michel Colombier