Remember the 60s TV Series of Batman, bold, brash and camp? The theme music is too, based on a simple blues sequence with repeated words but that is what good music is all about, complementing the medium whether it is stage, TV or Film. Note that while Hefti composed the Batman theme, he was unavailable for the incidental music and as a result it was bandleader Nelson Riddle who composed the music for most of seasons 1 and 2, and Billy May for season 3. Neal Hefti has also contributed to film in the form of "Barefoot in the Park" and "The Odd Couple" with its catchy main theme, also reused on the television series which followed the film's success.
Hefti has a jazz background having played trumpet in jazz bands. He has arranged music for Henry James and the Count Basie CD called "The Complete Atomic Mr. Basie" including the track "Flight of the Foo Birds". Sadly he died in October 2008 at his home in California.
Here is a selection of Neal Hefti tracks on Youtube:
The following CDs featuring music by Neal Hefti may be found. In addition an extract of a piano arrangement of "Flight of the Foo Birds" has been used as an example score on the Sibelius Software site.