I’m not an expert on the work of Hal Willner, so you’re on your own in reading some great appreciations that are already appearing. I will always associate him with turning me onto the music of Thelonius Monk, through his 1984 tribute That’s the Way I Feel Now: A Tribute to Thelonious Monk. I was just getting into some jazz music. He also did a Disney music tribute around that time – the Disney music I grew up on, not the crap that the Cabbage Patch generation and beyond grew up with. I haven’t listened to those albums in ages either, but I’ll pull them out. Either way, they helped me feel cool when I was the age my oldest son is now.
In poking around for some video of interest and relevance to what we’ve been through here in the Halls of Rock, this Willner talk at a memorial service for Lou Reed seemed appropriate. Check it out, when you have some time. We’ve lost a good egg!