Music Is Better Than Words

Music Is Better Than Words

by Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane




Music Is Better Than Words is a traditional big-band album from Seth MacFarlane, the wise-ass behind Family Guy. MacFarlane plays it straight throughout Music Is Better Than Words, hiring American Dad composer Joel McNeely to create approximations of Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins, and Billy May's arrangements for Frank Sinatra's deathless, mid-century records for Capitol. These classic concept albums are clearly the blueprint for Music Is Better Than Words which was, after all, recorded at Capitol Records' legendary studio with MacFarlane singing into the very same microphone Sinatra used all those years ago, and there is a bit of a concept to this 2011 LP, too, with the cartoonist selecting songs never recorded by any member of the Rat Pack -- along with a couple recent tunes like "She's Wonderful Too," which McNeely originally wrote for The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles -- for his tribute to that ring-a-ding-ding swing. MacFarlane and McNeely don't attempt to ape the pizzazz of Frank's Reprise years, nor do they spend much time with May's snazzy snap, they stick with Riddle and Jenkins, keeping things sentimental and lush even when the words crackle with wit.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2011
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602527696775
catalogNumber: 001559110

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Seth MacFarlane   Primary Artist
Alan Broadbent   Piano
Pete Christlieb   Tenor Saxophone
Peter Erskine   Drums
Steve Kujala   Flute
Bob Summers   Trumpet
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sid Page   Violin
Richard Altenbach   Violin
Chuck Berghofer   Fender Jazz Bass
Wade Culbreath   Percussion
Brian Dembow   Viola
Stephen Erdody   Celli
Alan Estes   Percussion
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Julie Gigante   Violin
Endre Granat   Violin
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Dan Higgins   Alto Saxophone
Greg Huckins   Baritone Saxophone
Larry Koonse   Guitar
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Andy Martin   Trombone
Joel McNeely   Conductor
Helen Nightengale   Violin
Cheryl Norman   Violin
Mark Robertson   Violin
Geri Rotella   Flute
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Roger Wilkie   Violin,Concert Master
Daniel Kelley   Horn
Brian Scanlon   Alto Saxophone
John Walz   Celli
Julie Rogers   Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Roberto Cani   Violin
Andrew Schulman   Celli
Dave Walther   Viola
Alyssa Park   Violin
Lorenz Gamma   Violin
Henry Gronnier   Violin
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Joel Pargman   Violin
Robert Brophy   Viola
Armen Ksajikian   Celli
Alex Iles   Trombone
Steven Holtman   Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Michael Nowak   Viola
James Thatcher   Horn
Phillip Levy   Violin
Kenneth Munday   Bassoon
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Jo Ann Turovsky   Harp
Dave Everson   Horn
David H. Speltz   Celli
David Weiss   Oboe
Bill Listen   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
André Previn   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
Adolph Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Gary Lindsay   Arranger
Joel McNeely   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Johnny Mercer   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Meredith Willson   Composer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Rich Breen   Engineer
Mike Ging   Engineer
Matthew Joseph Peak   Illustrations
Frederick Lowe   Composer
Seth MacFarlane   Composer,Liner Notes
Lenny Adelson   Composer
Jonathan Hales   Composer
Imogene Carpenter   Composer

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