23 October 1933|
Los Angeles, California
|Died||3 November 1971
New York City, New York
|Cause of death||accidental overdose of Methadone|
|Occupation||American film composer|
|Years active||1963 - 1971|
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".
McFarland was born in Los Angeles, California, on October 23, 1933.
As well as his own albums and arrangements for other musicians he composed the scores to the films Eye of the Devil (1966) and Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name? (1971). 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).
Bill Evans performed "Gary's Waltz" in 1979, shortly before his own death.
- 1968: Does The Sun Really Shine On The Moon?
- 1968: America The Beautiful: An Account Of Its Disappearance
- 1969: Slaves - with Grady Tate
- 1969: Today
- 1963: Point of Departure
- 1965: Tijuana Jazz - with Clark Terry
- 1966: Profiles - Recorded Live (Impulse A-9112)
- 1966: Simpático - with Gábor Szabó
- 1967: The October Suite - with Steve Kuhn
- 1961: The Jazz Version of "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying"
- 1963: The Gary McFarland Orchestra: Special Guest Soloist: Bill Evans
- 1964: Soft Samba
- 1965: The In Sound
- 1966: Soft Samba Strings
- 1968: Scorpio And Other Signs
- Other labels
- 1966: Eye of the Devil (soundtrack)
- 1971: Butterscotch Rum - with Peter Smith (Buddah Records)
- 1972: Requiem for Gary McFarland (Cobblestone Records)
- 1961: All the Sad Young Men - Anita O'Day (Verve)
- 1961: Gloomy Sunday and Other Bright Moments - Bob Brookmeyer (Verve) - 2 compositions by McFarland
- 1962: Essence - John Lewis (Atlantic) - all compositions by McFarland
- 1962: Big Band Bossa Nova - Stan Getz (Verve)
- 1963: The Groovy Sound of Music - Gary Burton (RCA)
- 1965: Latin Shadows - Shirley Scott - (Impulse!)
- 1966: Waiting Game - Zoot Sims (Impulse!)
- 1969: Genesis - Wendy and Bonnie
- 1969: Dreams - Gábor Szabó
- 1969: 1969 - Gábor Szabó
- 1969: Lena & Gabor - Lena Horne and Gábor Szabó
- 1971: Steve Kuhn - Steve Kuhn (Buddha Records)
With Bob Brookmeyer
- Trombone Jazz Samba (verve, 1962)
- "This is Gary McFarland!" Documentary
- Gary McFarland — bibliography, discography and reviews spanning McFarland's career
- "Twelve Essential Gary McFarland Performance" by Bill Kichner (Jazz.com)