What do Wild West scores, Vegas crooners and West African polyrhythms have in common? They are all part of the new trio of albums from ALIBI Music composed by Darius Holbert, illustrating his incredible creative range. ALIBI turned to Holbert – one of the production music library’s longtime songwriting partners – knowing he had just the aptitude to meet such an eclectic set of demands.
“I love all music. I can say that now because I finally discovered late 90s dancehall,” Holbert explained with a laugh. “I spend most of my days jumping between multiple genres on many projects, recording my takes on revered masters of tiny subgenres, and loving every minute of it. Having to write in just one genre seems like a barely lived life, so I welcome all album requests, even (especially) if I don’t know much about it yet. It’s like traveling the world without having to pack your bags.
Hobert’s latest production music albums for ALIBI – “Vegas Crooner”, “Highlife” and “Classic Western 2” – are about as different from each other as they come, and the inspiration behind them reveals its artistic talent, passion and sense of humor:
western classic 2 (15 tracks, 525 audio files) Listen
Holbert: “My very first LP was given to me when I was 3: Alfred Newman’s ‘How the West Was Won’. My favorite composer is Aaron Copland, my favorite genre of music is western film, and I was born and raised in Texas. For this album, all I had to do was get out of bed and put my spurs on.
Description of the album: Galloping and heroic Western music to evoke the Wild West and the legends of the frontier. All the instrumentation you’d expect is here, from heart-rending horns and trumpets to acoustic guitar and playful flutes to rolling timpani and snare drums, galloping castanets and more.
Vegas Crooner (12 tracks, 437 audio files) Listen
Holbert: “I constantly listen to easy listening/pop/jazz music from the 40s to 70s when I’m not working, and especially when I’m cooking. I was thrilled to be able to write Basie-style charts for 50s pop tunes and give my best impression of Ol’ Blue Eyes and the fellers, so I pulled out the ruffled tuxedo and tried not to put on of marinara in my martini.
Description of the album: Silky smooth jazz songs inspired by the greats, such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin and many more. Featuring full lyrical vocal performances, each of these tracks features sweeping drums, upright acoustic bass, and tasteful pianos mixed with string and brass arrangements.
high life (15 tracks, 480 audio files) Listen
Holbert: “I’m crazy about this kind of West African music; it’s a non-stop party! The polyrhythms are so complex that I even took a few lessons with a famous Ghanaian drummer some time ago. But most of the time I spent on this album, I just studied the greats and tried to emulate their genius even a little.
Description of the album: Contagious rhythms inspired by traditional Ghanaian and West African High Life music, driven by frenetic djembes, shakers and percussion, and topped with clear, courageous guitars and hypnotic bass lines.
ALIBI’s production music featuring composer Darius Holbert has been used in national commercials for recognized brands such as Wendy’s, TYLENOL and Tillamook, among many others.
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