Imagine if Randy Newman, Cole Porter, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, and Gil Evans got together to throw ideas around. Randy picked the subject matter, Cole wrote the lyrics, Don composed the music, and Gil did the orchestrations. Well, that's what you get with me. Colorful arrangements, "fancy chord"-rich compositions, wordplay, and comic quirkiness!

Want Multi-colored, shimmering orchestrations owing to Gil Evans and Maurice Ravel? Check. Dark, brooding, Weill/Brechtian observations on the futility of human effort? Check. Snappy, up-tempo, Cole Porteresque musical flirtations? Got 'em. Modal jazz compositions in the grand tradition of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter? Can do. And, of course, plenty of influence from my raison d'etre, Todd Rundgren. Come to me for any and all things music-related.

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