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Primary Instrument: Arranger

Born: December 10, 1937

Don Sebesky is best known as house arranger for many of producer Creed Taylor's Verve, A&M, and CTI productions; the man whose orchestral backgrounds helped make artists like Wes Montgomery, Paul Desmond, Freddie Hubbard, and George Benson acceptable to audiences outside of jazz. He has taken critical heat for this, but Sebesky's arrangements have usually been among the classiest in his field, reflecting a solid knowledge of the orchestra, drawing variously from big band jazz, rock, ethnic music, classical music of all eras, and even the avant-garde for ideas. He once cited Bartok as his favorite composer, but one also hears lots of Stravinsky in his work....
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Music

Featured recording “Giant Box”

Giant Box

CTI Masterworks
2011
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    Giant Box

    CTI Masterworks
    2011
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    Compositional Jazz

    Nonesuch
    1995
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    Full Cycle

    Nonesuch
    1983
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    Three Works For Jazz Soloists & Symphony Orchestra

    Nonesuch
    1979
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    Skyliner

    Nonesuch
    1975
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    Giant Box

    Nonesuch
    1973
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    The Distant Galaxy

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