Here’s To Life with Tori Reid

Ep. 23: Sound of Our Times - Prince, Brent and the Fischers

June 14, 2021 Brent Fischer Season 2 Episode 23
Here’s To Life with Tori Reid
Ep. 23: Sound of Our Times - Prince, Brent and the Fischers
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Last week Prince enjoyed a birthday.  He remains one of the most celebrated pop artist of the 20th century and the soundtrack by which many artists measure their own creations and draw inspiration from.  In this episode of Here’s to Life’s, Tori Reid explores the music and orchestral arrangements of some of his most widely celebrated albums including Parade, Sign of the Times, Batman (Soundtrack), Lotus Flow3r, Chrystal Ball, Graffiti Bridge and Girl Six.  This week's guest as well as his orchestral compositions are in fact a soundtrack for the 21st century having composed musical arrangements for Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Chaka Kahn, Toni Braxton, Raphael Saadiiq, Al Jarreau, Michael Jackson, Usher, The Roots (with Elvis Costello) and D’Angelo. Going back to the 1940’s, Tori's guest and his father were profoundly influenced by Latin jazz, mambo and bossa nova greats as Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez and Machito.  This duo's collaborations have come posthumously with the father's significant library along with his son, a prodigy in his own right who grew up lying under the piano listening to his father.  In fact, they have won 3 Grammy’s on their collaborations.  And these orchestral arrangements are the soundtracks to arguably the greatest pop star of the 21st century, Prince. 

Here's to harmony, here's to the symphonic funk, here's to the orchestral delight swirling in the Purple one's anthems... and Here's to Brent Fischer and his father, the late great Clare Fischer.

This is Part 1 of a 2 part series focusing on the Fischer musical legacy.

"On the first big album that dad did for Prince on Parade, Prince wrote in the liner notes... it said special thank you to Clare Fischer for making more beautiful, the colors, black and white. Cause you know, there was that whole black and white theme for Parade and Under the Cherry Moon that the album covers in black and whites... basically Questlove did the same thing on this wise Up  Ghost album.  He said special thank you to Brent Fischer for making more beautiful, the colors, white an black."  - Brent Fischer


Guest:  Brent Fischer 
Host and Producer:  Tori Reid
Executive Producer:  Patrick A. Howell
Co-Executive Producer:  Tori Reid
Writer:  Patrick A. Howell
Associate Producer:  Claris Dodge  
Special Consultant:  Jizelle Reid 
Post Production:  We Edit Podcasts
Add'l Post Production:  Brian K. Jackson at Maven Soundz
Post Production Assistant:  Lauren Young
Show Intern Affiliation:  Howard University
Voiceover Artist:  Vïntóry Blake Moore
Advertising Sponsor:  Vivreau Water Systems
Advertising Sponsor:  Hilton Sacramento Arden West
Ad Voiceover Artist:  Ginger Levert

Logo Photography:  Bobby Holland / MPTV Images

Music Editor: Matt Brownlie 

Music: by Brent Fischer 

New Thing
Son of a Dad

Prince music featuring the Claire and Brent Fischer Sound 

Sign of the Times (Clare Fischer, Orchestral Arrangement, Brent Fischer Percussion)
All My Dreams (Clare Fischer, Orchestral Arrangement)

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Who are the Fischers, Brent and Clare - We have all been listening!
Brent Fischer and Prince - A Harmonic Collaboration
Tori Reid delves deeper
Brent talks about the music process between the Fischers and Prince
Prince and Clare Fischer never met in 40 year collaboration
Sound of the Fischers is Prince's Sign of the Times
Tori Salutes Prince
Brent answers the question whether "Sign of the Times" is the Best Album ever
Brent share his favorite Prince song - All My Dreams
Music is universal and timeless
Tori talks about Prince's incredible influence on the culture
Prince's Parade album is one for the ages
Brent and the Fischer's Sound is Timeless
Maestro Brent talks about what makes music timeless
Brent talks about the art of putting an album together
Brent talks about collaborating with Questlove to honor Prince
Prince's I Wonder U
The genius of Brent and the Fischers - sound sweetners, orchestral arrangement, and symphonic compositions
Tori signs off with a special funky sign off