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Brilliant musician from Argentina, composer of such classics as the theme from Mission: Impossible, Dirty Harry, Bullitt and many others. He's also a solid jazz performer (at the piano) who has played with people like Dizzie Gillespie, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald.

The following is a cut&paste from his official site:

Solo Works
  • JAZZ GOES TO HOLLYWOOD (Aleph - 2000)
  • LATIN JAZZ SUITE (Aleph - 1999)
  • TALKIN' VERVE LALO SCHIFRIN (Verve - 1999)
  • JAZZ MASS (Aleph - 1998)
  • THE REEL LALO SCHIFRIN (Hip-O - 1998)
  • METAMORPHOSIS: JAZZ MEETS THE SYMPHONY #4 (Aleph - 1998)
  • DIRTY HARRY ANTHOLOGY (Aleph - 1998)
  • GILLESPIANA (Aleph - 1998)
  • FILMCLASSICS (Aleph - 1998)
  • CONCERTOS/TROPICOS (Auvidis - 1997)
  • MISSION IMPOSSIBLE . . . AND MORE!:
    THE BEST OF LALO SCHIFRIN
    (Motor - 1996)
  • LILI-UOKALANI SYMPHONY (Urtext - 1995)
  • FIREBIRD (Four Winds - 1995)
  • MORE JAZZ MEETS THE SYMPHONY (Atlantic - 1993)
  • JAZZ MEETS THE SYMPHONY (Atlantic - 1992)
  • ROMANCING THE FILM (Pro Arte - 1992)
  • MASTERS OF MAYHEM (Intersound - 1990)
  • HOLLYWOOD MARCHES (Pro Arte - 1990)
  • CANTOS AZTECAS
    Lalo Schifrin/Placido Domingo (Pro Arte - 1988)
  • LES SOLISTES FRANCAIS (Cybelia - 1988)
  • INS AND OUTS (Nautilus - 1982)
  • NO ONE HOME (Tabu - 1979)
  • GYPSIES (Tabu - 1978)
  • CONTINUUM JOURNEYS VOYAGE (Label X - 1977)
  • TOWERING TOCCATA (CTI - 1976)
  • BLACK WIDOW (CTI - 1976)
  • ROCK REQUIEM (Verve - 1971)
  • THERE'S A WHOLE LALO SCHIFRIN GOIN ON
    (Dot - 1968)
  • THE RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH
    (MGM - 1967)
  • SCHIFRIN/SADE (Verve - 1966)
  • ONCE A THIEF AND OTHER THEMES (Verve - 1965)
  • NEW FANTASY (Verve - 1964)
  • EXPLORATIONS
    Louie Bellson/Lalo Schifrin (Roulette - 1964)
  • BETWEEN BROADWAY & HOLLYWOOD
    (MGM - 1963)
  • SAMBA PARA DOS
    Lalo Schifrin/Bob Brookmeyer (Verve - 1963)
  • PIANO, STRINGS & BOSSA NOVA (MGM - 1962)
  • BOSSA NOVA, NEW BRAZILIAN JAZZ
    (Audio Fidelity - 1962)
  • LALO = BRILLIANCE (Roulette - c. 1962)
  • PIANO ESPANOL (Tico - c. 1959)
  • SPECTRUM (Epic - 1957)
FILM & TELEVISION WORKS
APPEARANCES

With THE 3 TENORS (as arranger):

  • THE 3 TENORS - PARIS 1998 (Atlantic - 1998)
  • THE 3 TENORS IN CONCERT 1994 (Atlantic - 1994)
  • CARRERAS DOMINGO PAVAROTTI -
    IN CONCERT - MEHTA
    (London - 1990)

With CANNONBALL ADDERLEY (as composer, arranger, conductor):

  • EXPERIENCE /TENSITY /DIALOGUES (1970)

With MAURICE ANDRE (as arranger, conductor):

  • TROMPETTISSIMO (Erato - 1992)

With COUNT BASIE (as arranger, conductor):

  • BACK WITH BASIE (1962)

With JOSE CARRERAS (as arranger, conductor, producer):

  • FRIENDS FOR LIFE/AMIGOS PARA SIEMPRE
    (Atlantic - 1992)

With CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA (as arranger):

  • A CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS:
    Carreras / Cole / Domingo (Erato-Elektra - 1995)
  • CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA:
    Domingo / Ross / Carreras (Sony - 1992)

With ERIC DOLPHY (as pianist):

  • VINTAGE DOLPHY (GM - 1963)

With STAN GETZ (as composer, arranger, conductor):

  • CHILDREN OF THE WORLD (Columbia - 1979)
  • REFLECTIONS (Verve - 1963)

With DIZZY GILLESPIE (as pianist, arranger, composer):

  • FREE RIDE (Pablo - 1977)
  • DIZZY GILLESPIE / DOUBLE SIX OF PARIS (Verve - 1963)
  • THE NEW CONTINENT (1962)
  • DIZZY ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA (1962)
  • NEW WAVE (1962)
  • A MUSICAL SAFARI (1961)
  • A NIGHT IN BIRDLAND LIVE, VOL. ONE (1961)
  • CARNEGIE HALL CONCERT (Verve - 1961)
  • AN ELECTRIFYING EVENING (Verve - 1961)
  • GILLESPIANA (Verve - 1960)

With COLEMAN HAWKINS (as pianist):

  • BEAN STALKIN' (Pablo - 1960)

With PAUL HORN (as composer, arranger, conductor):

  • DREAM MACHINE (1978)
  • JAZZ SUITE ON THE MASS TEXTS (1964)

With QUINCY JONES (as pianist, arranger):

  • BIG BAND BOSSA NOVA (Mercury - 1962)
  • QUINCY JONES PLAYS HIP HITS (Mercury - 1963)

With JULIA MIGENES (as arranger, conductor):

  • VIENNA (Erato - 1993)

With ASTOR PIAZZOLLA (as composer, arranger, conductor):

  • CONCIERTO PARA BANDONEON/TRES TANGOS
    (Elektra Nonesuch - 1987)

With JIMMY SMITH (as arranger, conductor, composer):

  • THE CAT STRIKES AGAIN (LaserLight - 1980)
  • THE CAT (Verve - 1964)
  • ANY NUMBER CAN WIN (Verve - 1963)

With BARBRA STREISAND (as composer, arranger, conductor):

  • WET (Columbia - 1979)

With CAL TJADER (as arranger, conductor, pianist, composer):

  • SEVERAL SHADES OF JADE (Verve - 1963)

With SARAH VAUGHAN (as arranger, conductor):

  • THE PLANET IS ALIVE - LET IT LIVE (Kokopelli - 1984)
  • SWEET 'N' SASSY (1963)

ALSO WITH: Louis Bellson, Luiz Bonfa, Candido Camero, La Clave, Dorian Wind Quintet, Eddie Harris, Al Hirt, Johnny Hodges, Kenyon Hopkins, Jazz With The Philharmonic, Antonio Diaz Mena, Angel Romero, Pat Thomas, Leo Wright

The beginning

Boris Claudio 'Lalo' Schifrin was born on the 21st of June 1932 in Buenos Aires. His family were extremely musical and his father Luis Schifrin led the second Violin section of Argentina's most foremost orchestra a the Teatro Colon.

When Lalo turned six he started of his musical career with a 6 year study on Piano with Enrique Barenboim who sadly passed away in 1998. After the six years of study Lalo then pursued 4 years of studying on his own and self development, he soon turned 16 and was then learning from the Russian player Andreas Karalis who at one time was head of the Kiev Conservatory.

Additionally Lalo also studied harmony for 5 years with Juan-Carlos Paz who was an Argentinean composer. For all this time Lalo was deeply interested in jazz and his interest flourished even though he still found time to successfully pursue sociology and law at the university of Buenos Aires.

Paris and onwards...

However Law and Sociology was to make way for his keen love of music. At the age of 20 he applied for schlorship at the Paris Conservatoire and in which he successfully got in. The Conservatoire gave Lalo the chance to study under people such as Oliver Messiaen's and also Charles Koechlin. To keep his living Lalo would play jazz in the heart of Paris. Finally at the age of 23 Lalo represented his country in the international Jazz festival in 1955.

Gillespiana

After he had finished at Paris Lalo returned to Argentina, here he set up Latin America's first jazz orchestra. The band was a 16 piece that became part of a very popular TV show on Buenos Aires TV, it was also around this time that he began to accept other TV, Film and Radio assignments as well.

In 1956 Lalo met Dizzy Gillespie during one of the famous trumpet player state department tours, they talked and eventually Lalo offered to compose an extended work for Gillespie's big band. So he wrote and in 1958 Lalo had produced 'Gillespiana' this was the same year he won the Argentina's Academy award for his score to the film EL Jefe

The success of Gillespiana put Lalo in a very good position, soon he was working with Gillespie full time and travelling around America and soon he was also recording under his own name, although he still recorded with Gillespie at that time. Soon Schifrin finished with Gillespie to relax and take things more slowly during this time he worked with:

Soon Lalo found himself working for M-G-M and in 1963 Lalo had his first assignment for the famous African film Rhino. Lalo moved with his wife into Hollywood to accomodate themseleves, it was at this time that he began his full time film career.

Do ya feel lucky punk...well do ya!

Lalo has now gone on to do many different scores and television titles, all these add to the fact that he is a brilliant man, the most famous of his scores are:

Lalo Schifrin now lives with his wife in Beverly Hills in Groucho Marx's former mansion. At the age of 69 Lalo continues to work at a very hectic pace, continuing to do film scores and also conducting orchestras as well.

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