One of my all-time favorite shows is Mad Men. That’s not exactly an outlier opinion.
So I was delighted to learn that composer David Carbonara lived not too far from us in our particular corner of the L.A. surburbs.
And, even better, he had no problem indulging my geeky questions and observations of the masterpiece television program he so brilliantly scored—with buoyant 1960s period jazz and subtle, tasteful score cues that captured the quiet, tormented soul of Don Draper.
Here is one of the best-written, best-scored television scenes OF ALL TIME:
His wife is the director Daisy von Scherler Mayer, who among many other projects recently directed the totally awesome “Doomcoming” episode of the Showtime hit Yellowjackets.
So whenever I see them, I have to keep from “fanning out.”
Since Mad Men, David has kept busy with other television and film projects—most recently, the indie comedy-drama They/Them/Us—and also jazz recordings which he has self-produced and self-distributed.
I love this genre—I love when it’s done well—and although I am not a jazz expert, I definitely know when something is well put together.
I always enjoy David’s tracks so I told him I’d plug the newest one (in the YouTube window, top of this post). I mean, I have TENS of readers.
He is also affiliated with the “Sh8key Alibi” recording project which offers more upbeat, slightly electrified jazz:
If you hate jazz, please listen EXTRA LONG. Thanks!