We mourn the passing of one of our top composers, Paul James Abler. Noted jazz musician and blues guitarist, Paul was a celebrated member of the Detroit jazz community and a prolific composer, producing over 20 jazz albums. He composed and performed music for films, including music that Manhattan licensed for "Blue Jasmine" and "The Two Mr. Kissels," and television, with an extensive list of credits, including "Madam Secretary," "Breaking Bad," "20/20," "The Big Bang Theory" and "Mad Men." Most recently, Paul was finishing a sextet, "Looks Like March." His last act was composing the song "Ascending."
We have a new Apple Trax CD available for download. AT154-Modern Drones - A collection of minimalistic sound design cues tailor-made for PSA’s, film & TV scores, news and sports features and other corporate videos. Most cues come with a variety of alternate mixes with additional stems and alternates available on www.mpmmusic.com.
Numerous Manhattan songs will be used in the upcoming Sun Records series on CMT:
Set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, Sun Records tells the untold story of nothing less than the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Guided by Sam Phillips, young musicians like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis combined the styles of hillbilly country with the 1950s R&B sound created by artists like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Fats Domino and Ike Turner, and changed the course of music forever. The series chronicles these young artists’ often jarring and sudden meteoric rise to fame in the face of sweeping political change and social unrest.
Manhattan is proud to continue working with various branches of the military and is now working with Air Force Television out of the Pentagon who will be using Manhattan songs throughout all their projects.