Here’s To Life with Tori Reid

Ep. 25: Brent Fischer - Love, Respect and Continuing a Music Legacy

August 19, 2021 Brent Fischer Season 2 Episode 25
Here’s To Life with Tori Reid
Ep. 25: Brent Fischer - Love, Respect and Continuing a Music Legacy
Show Notes

This is Part II of a 2 part series celebrating and looking closely at the Fischer family musical legacy to our times and the world.

Grammy-winning producer, composer, arranger Brent Fischer carries on the legacy of his legendary father, Dr. Clare Fischer.  Brent's  arranging credits appear on over 30 million albums to include: Usher, Michael Jackson, Elvis Costello & The Roots, and D'Angelo (who won Grammy Album and Song of The Year for "Really Love" from his album "Black Messiah" where Brent Fischer is credited as arranger and producer). Brent produced the last eight Clare Fischer albums, including: Grammy-nominated 2011 release ‘Continuum', 2012 Grammy-winning '¡Ritmo!' (Best Latin Jazz Album) and 2013 Grammy-winning ‘Music for Strings, Percussion and the Rest’ (Best Instrumental Composition).

The Clare Fischer Music Library is really about the melody between father and sons, one generation and the next. There is something otherworldly about those connections that bond, bind and mesmerize. Legacy is alive and the inspiration that Brent takes from his father who was influenced by Latin greats and worked directly with Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington, is passed down to countless others who experience their greatness.  

We all have a rich legacy. Tori recognizes the universality of legacy in her own special story.  This episode debuts two new segments to the show - an opening monologue with some behind the scenes banter and "Gimme a Minute" at the show's conclusion, a freewheeling riff of some of Tori's off the cuff thoughts.  "Here's to Life" welcomes again the brilliant, rich, and passionate symphonic talent, Brent Fischer. 

"His greatest gift to me was his collection of his handwritten scores. And his music lives on in everything that I do; and I mean that sincerely.”  - Brent Fischer (on his father)

This week on Here's To Life:
• What is Legacy and why does it matter? 
• In Art... is perfection necessary? To tweak or not to tweak?
• The Power of Exposure on a child
• The Evolution of the incredible father/son duet over 35 years 
• How the Magic of Music Ties Us All Together
• The Responsibility of Following in a Parent's Footsteps
• The Legacy of the Fischer Family to the Music World

Guest:  Brent Fischer
Host and Producer:  Tori Reid
Executive Producer and Director:  Patrick A. Howell
Co-Executive Producer:  Tori Reid
Writers:  Patrick A. Howell and Tori Reid
Associate Producer:  Claris Dodge 
Special Consultant:  Jizelle Reid
Add'l Post Production:  Brian K. Jackson, Maven Soundz
Post Production Assistant:  Lauren Young
Voiceover Artist:  Vïntóry Blake Moore
Advertising Sponsor:  Vivreau Water Systems
Advertising Sponsor:  Hilton Sacramento Arden West
Ad Voiceover Artist:  Ginger Levert
Photo Credit for Brent Fischer:  Unknown

"Rainforest" by Brent Fischer (Outro)
Music Editor:  Matt Brownlie

Other Music selections:
A Nostalgic Bree

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