The Present Day Composer #68
Neal Hefti Dead at 85

Neal Hefti (1922-2008)

Words, as usual, fail me utterly; so I'll leave the task to one of the very few news sources that saw fit to mark this passing: The UK Telegraph


VicDiesel said...

After having played his arrangements in a big band, I was quite surprised to learn that he wrote the theme to Batman.

He clearly knew how to please both the audience and those in the know.

SomeNYGuy said...

A huge talent. He’d be remembered for the BATMAN and ODD COUPLE themes alone, but his work with Basie was positively monumental.

R.H. said...

I can see some Elvis in this bloke.

Peter L. Winkler said...

I enjoyed his film scores, particularly his score for Duel at Diablo.