Gene Cipriano, a prolific session musician who carried out on a protracted checklist of fashionable albums and main movement footage, has died on the age of 94.
The musician’s dying was confirmed by his son, who informed the Hollywood Reporter that Cipriano handed away on Nov. 12 of pure causes.
Cipriano was born right into a musical household, his father having performed on Broadway and with the New Haven Symphony. He’d take up the clarinet as a toddler, ultimately changing into proficient in all woodwinds, together with saxophone, oboe and flute. As a younger grownup, he’d relocate to California, the place composer Henry Mancini enlisted Cipriano’s companies for the TV sequence Peter Gunn.
“That bought me began,” Cipriano recalled to the Tv Academy in 2019, “as a result of it turned such a sizzling merchandise after which all the opposite leaders stated, ‘Nicely, get me these guys who performed with Henry Mancini.’ And that bought me rolling.”
Cipriano’s cinematic profession would span generations. With Mancini, he contributed to the scores for The Days of Wine and Roses (1962), Charade (1963) and The Hawaiians (1970). Cipriano’s clarinet work will also be heard on the well-known tune “Child Elephant Stroll” from 1962’s Hatari!.
Different movies to function Cipriano’s taking part in included The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), West Facet Story (1961), Cleopatra (1963), The Wild Bunch (1969), The French Connection (1971), The Karate Child (1984), Up (2009) and plenty of extra.
The musician’s expertise weren’t remoted to film scores, as Cipriano – by means of his personal work, in addition to his tenure within the fabled Wrecking Crew assortment of session musicians – contributed to a protracted checklist of well-known rock and pop songs. The musician’s resume included materials by the Monkees, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Glen Cambell, Frank Zappa, Neil Diamond, Johnny Money and the Seaside Boys. Cipriano carried out oboe on Frank Sinatra’s pensive “It Was a Very Good Yr” and performed woodwinds on Prince’s 1986 album Parade. He was additionally a part of the band who performed with Elvis Presley in the course of the King’s 1968 comeback particular, aired on NBC.
Cipriano’s additional profession highlights included work alongside two former Beatles. He performed on John Lennon’s 1975 album Rock ‘n’ Roll and jazz singer Peggy Lee’s 1974 LP Let’s Love (which Paul McCartney produced).
Due to his many contributions to movie, TV, commercials and recorded music, Cipriano has unofficially been known as essentially the most recorded woodwind participant in present enterprise historical past.
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