Patrick Williams Announces New Big Band Album “Aurora”

Film Music Magazine • September 8, 2010

Veteran film and television composer and musician Patrick Williams has announced the upcoming release of “Aurora,” his first all-original big band album since the 1974 Grammy-winner, “Threshold.”

Award-winning engineer Al Schmitt, and a 21-piece big band made up of top musicians will join Patrick in the studio.

“Aurora” reunites Williams with the famous Capitol Studio A, where he previously served as Musical Director for Frank Sinatra’s final albums, “Duets” and “Duets II.” Williams is one of music’s most respected and successful composers and arrangers, and has composed the music for over 65 feature films including “Breaking Away,” 100 television films and 18 television series including “Columbo” and “The Streets of San Francisco.”

The recipient of 4 Emmy awards, 22 Emmy nominations, 2 GRAMMY awards, 17 Grammy nominations, an Academy Award nomination and a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in music, Williams’ love for big bands brought him back to Capitol Studio A for the first time since he helped Sinatra record his final album. His goal with “Aurora” is to repeat the success of “Threshold” while pushing the genre forward.

I’ve had the good fortune to work with so many talented musicians over the years,” Williams says. “And I’m taking those experiences and melding them into something unique, new and exciting, but also something that connects this music back to that era before the decline and resurgence of the big band. This is for my fans, the people who have stuck by me all of these years.”

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By John Brelsford on February 8th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Your music and the artists you surround yourself with, are awesome. My problem is I cannot find any of your CD’s except Sinatraland, which I’m wearing out. Out of my 600 CD’s, this one really stands out. Can they be ordered from you?

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