.Charlie Parker is another one of my favorite jazz musicians. And I love how he had a two-year stay in Los Angeles (the city I adore).
"Just a Cool" track was written specifically for the film. I wanted to use bass, drums, and vibes to create an intense dinner scene where Quinn's brother-in-law harasses him about making a movie that "pops." The music is inspired by my love of Charles Mingus. Mingus influenced my music beyond belief. From Mingus, I discovered Thelonious Monk, or as the character played by Christine Woods on "Hello Ladies" says, "The Loneliest Monk.."
i love how much Mingus was influenced by Duke Ellington and how he used Ellington's and Billy Strayhorn's orchestrations to elevate a certain dissonance in jazz. Mingus was part of the concept of Third Stream Music (a combination of jazz and classical music with improvisational elements). Gunther Schuller coined the term and was a brilliant conceptual artist. I wonder if he ever met John Cage.
I was deeply inspired by Alison Martino's incredibly charming blog, "Vintage Los Angeles." She has some amazing pictures and history from the city I love. Check it out! http://martinostimemachine.blogspot.com/
The opening title theme for "Nothing in Los Angeles" was written specifically for the film. I had listened to a lot of Henry Mancini and Jackie Gleason and was inspired by the lush string arrangements both composers used.. I thought these composers were strictly emblematic of Los Angeles and the sound of LA in the 1950s. This was definitely West Coast music as opposed to the sophisticated East Coast sounds from Gershwin or Bernstein. I love West Coast jazz and fell in love with artists such as Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck, and Gerald Wilson.
This piece in particular pays homage to "Living in Los Angeles." It's played by the Jackie Gleason orchestra, written in 1916 by John Raymond Hubbell, entitled, "Poor Butterfly".