|The Blue Lou and Misha Project - Highly Classified is an album, released March 23, 2010, by saxophonist Lou Marini and pianist-composer Misha Segal, and recorded in Los Angeles, California and in New York City. This CD is the first collaborative recording by Marini and Segal.
Lou Marini is best known as a member of several noted bands, including Blood, Sweat and Tears, Steely Dan, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Buddy Rich Band, The Maureen McGovern Band, the James Taylor Band, the Saturday Night Live Band and the Blues Brothers Band.
Misha Segal is a well known Israeli keyboardist, arranger and composer with over a hundred film scores to his credit. In addition, Segal worked as a producer with Luther Vandross early in Vandross' career.
The album was produced by Misha Segal and Lou Marini, and co-produced by John Tropea. California based composer and producer Gary Michaels served as executive producer for the project.
All of the arrangements on this CD were written by Misha Segal and Lou Marini, and all the compositions are original, except for one cut.
Stylistically, this album mixes many diverse influences, including contemporary jazz, fusion, rock, straight-ahead jazz, rap and hip-hop.