Michael B. Nelson

Producer | Composer | Arranger | Trombonist | Head Hornhead

R.I.P Prince

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016

R.I.P Prince

4/21/2016 With great sadness we say goodbye to PRINCE, the musical genius that was the impetus for the Hornheads creation. My 25 year association with Prince started in 1991, traveling the world with him and the NPG on the Diamonds and Pearls tour. He was an uncompromising band leader and a flawless performer. Every show was a thrill beyond description that left you drained, yet exhilarated. I...

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Prince – HitnRun Phase II

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015

Prince – HitnRun Phase II

The Hornheads are featured “Baltimore”, “Rocknroll Loveaffair”, “Xtraloveable”, “Groovy Potential”, “When She Comes”, and “Black Muse”. Prince gave me a lot of freedom on the horn arrangements for this project, and asked me produce the horn and string sessions for “Baltimore”. This arrangement the first of...

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Prince- Art Official Age

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014

Prince- Art Official Age

Prince’s original instruction to me for this project was to produce an orchestral session for the song “Way Back Home”. As is sometimes the case, Prince ended up using the lovely strings and harp that Adi Yeshaya and StrinGENIUS laid down for the track in a different way. You can hear those parts on the interlude pieces titled Affirmation I,II, and III

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Hornheads on new Prince single w/Zooey Deschanel

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014

Hornheads on new Prince single w/Zooey Deschanel

Prince’s new single FALLINLOVE2NITE feat. Zooey Deschanel, has been released by Epic Records (available on iTunes). The Hornheads got to drop in some funky licks throughout the song, and I had the pleasure of bringing in Adi Yeshaya and  STRINGenius to add the wonderful string work. The song was 1st premiered on the post Superbowl episode of “New Girl” in which Prince guest...

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