Gary McFarland

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Gary McFarland (October 23, 1933 - November 3, 1971) was an influential composer, arranger, vibraphonist and vocalist, prominent on Verve and Impulse! Records during the 1960s, when he made "one of the more significant contributors to orchestral jazz". He attained a small following after working with Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Johnny Hodges, John Lewis, Stan Getz, Bob Brookmeyer, and Anita O'Day.

As well as his own albums and arrangements for other musicians he composed the soundtrack to the film "13" (also known as "Eye Of The Devil"). By the end of the 1960s he was moving away from jazz towards an often wistful or melancholy style of instrumental pop, as well as producing the recordings of other artists on his Skye Records label (run in partnership with Gábor Szabó and Cal Tjader until its bankruptcy in 1970).

McFarland was considering a move into writing and arranging for film and stage when, on November 3, 1971, he was poisoned in a New York City bar.

Bill Evans performed "Gary's Waltz" in 1979, shortly before his own death.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Point of Departure Gary McFarland 3
1966 Profiles Gary McFarland 2
1966 The In Sound Gary McFarland 1
1966 Tijuana Jazz Gary McFarland & Clark Terry 2
1968 Does the Sun Really Shine on the Moon? Gary McFarland 1
1969 Today Gary McFarland 1
2003 The October Suite Steve Kuhn & Gary McFarland 1
Soft Samba Gary McFarland 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Sketch for Summer Gábor Szabó & Gary McFarland 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Eye of the Devil Gary McFarland 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Gary McFarland Orchestra - Special Guest Soloist: Bill Evans Gary McFarland 1

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