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  • Dave Slusser (2007)

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    David Slusser was born in Akron, Ohio in 1952. He began playing tenor saxophone at age 10, around the same time he started experimenting with reel to reel tape recorders. Getting his first film sound job in 1975, he continued his career with a move to the San Francisco Bay area in 1977, where he joined Lucasfilm in 1984, and received an Emmy award for sound editing in 1993. He has worked often as a music editor for directors Francis Coppola, George Lucas and David Lynch, with whom he has co-composed music for his films. On his own he has composed for documentaries and public radio, as well as his jazz group Rubber City. His sound design is in the collections of both the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Contempory Art in Los Angeles, though far more people have heard it in some of the more imaginative commercials on television. He began an association with John Zorn in the mid eighties. Received two prizes in the 1999 Julius Hemphill Composition
    Awards, including first for jazz orchestra.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Art Hickman's Orchestra The San Francisco Sound Rose Room (Archeophone)
    # 2 Lee Konitz Duets Struttin' with Some Barbeque (Milestone)
    # 3 Red Norvo Lost Chords Dance of the Octopus (Retrieval)
    # 4 Duke Ellington The Great Ellington Units Menelik (The Lion of Judah) (Bluebird)
    # 5 Béla Bartók Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Konzert für Orchester, Sz. 116 (Deutsche Grammophon)
    # 6 Billy Eckstine The Legendary Big Band (I Love the) Rhythm in a Riff (Savoy)
    # 7 Dizzy Gillespie Groovin' High Things to Come (Savoy)
    # 8 Lennie Tristano Supersonic Victory Ball (Definitive)
    # 9 Lennie Tristano and Warne Marsh Intuition Intuition (Capitol)
    # 10 Art Pepper The Art of Pepper I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me (Blue Note)
    # 11 Gil Evans Gil Evans & Ten Ella Speed (Prestige)
    # 12 Sonny Rollins Newk's Time Surrey with the Fringe on Top (Blue Note)
    # 13 Ornette Coleman The Art of the Improvisers The Legend of Bebop (Atlantic Jazz)
    # 14 Frank Sinatra Swingin' Session I Concentrate on You (Capitol)
    # 15 James Brown N/A Mother Popcorn N/A
    Book The Oxford English Dictionary. "Currently reading: Daniel Levitin, 'This Is Your Brain on Music'; and Neil Gabler, 'Walt Disney: Triumph of the American Imagination'. Very large and long recent favorite: Thomas Pynchon, 'Mason & Dixon'."
    Luxury Item Comfortable walking shoes
    Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
    Alt 1 John Coltrane Complete Live at the Village Vanguard Naima (Impulse)
    Alt 2 Captain Beefheart Trout Mask Replica The Blimp (Reprise)
    Alt 3 Duke Ellington The Private Collection, Vol. 5: The Suites Village of the Virgins (from "The River") (Saja)
    Alt 4 Gil Evans The Individualism of Gill Evans Spoonful (Verve)
    Alt 5 Captain Beefheart Trout Mask Replica Old Fart at Play (Reprise)
    Alt 6 Pat Boone N/A Long Tall Sally N/A
    Alt 7 James Brown N/A Cold Sweat N/A
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