Sunday, May 29, 2011

A Guide to Best Jazz Scores for Cinema#2

 Eric Demarsan
 Le Cercle Rouge
Jean-Pierre Melville

Musicians: Raymond Guiot, flute; Georges Arvanitas, piano; Joss Baselli, accordion; Bernard Lubat, vibraphone; Guy Pedersen, acoustic double bass; Daniel Humair, drums. Recorded at Studio Davout, Paris, October 1970. Score originally started by Michel Legrand who was replaced during production.

listen to the "main theme"

Stan Getz/Eddie Sauter
Mickey One
Arthur Penn

Music by: Eddie Sauter; Music Directed/Conducted by: Jack Shaindlin; Music Supervisor: Jack Shaindlin; Music Arranged by: Eddie Sauter; Improvisations: Stan Getz; Musicians: Bob Abernathy, Ray Alonge, Richard Berg, Jimmy Buffington, Earl Chapin, French horn; Al DeRisi, Ernie DiFalco, Joe Ferrante, Bobby Nichols, trumpet; Clark Terry, trumpet, fluegel horn; Eddie Bert, John Messner, Ephie Resnick, Sonny Russo, trombone; Tommy Mitchell, b trombone; Harvey Phillips, tuba; Harvey Estrin, alto sax, clarinet, flute, alto flute, piccolo; Al Block, tenor sax, clarinet, flute, piccolo; Ray Shiner, tenor sax, clarinet, oboe, cor anglais; Wally Kane, bass sax, clarinet, bassoon; Eli Carmen, bassoon; Don Ashworth, Charlie Russo, reeds; + vlns, violas, celli, harps; Roger Kellaway, piano; Barry Galbraith, guitar; Richard Davis, acoustic double bass; Mel Lewis, drums; + percussion.

Listen to "I Put My Life in Your Hands/A Girl Named Jenny"

Krzysztof Komeda
Knife in the Water
Roman Polanski

Musicians: Bernt Rosengren, tenor sax; Krzysztof Komeda, piano; Roman Dylag, acoustic double bass; Lech Dudziak, drums.

Listen to a segment of Komeda work for The Knife

Martial Solal
À bout de souffle
Jean-Luc Godard

Musicians: Roger Guérin, trumpet; Pierre Gossez, alto sax; Martial Solal, piano; Michel Hausser, vibraphone; Paul Rovère, acoustic double bass; Daniel Humair, drums.

Listen to "L'Amour, la mort"

Gato Barbieri
The Last Tango In Paris
Bernardo Bertolucci

Conducted & Arranged by: Oliver Nelson; Musicians: Gato Barbieri and his Orchestra, including Gato Barbieri, tenor sax; Joachim Kühn, piano; Charlie Haden, acoustic double bass; Daniel Humair, drums.

Listen to two parts of Last Tango suite

Return to part 1                                                   Go to part 3

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Snooky Young (1919-2011)

Snooky Young who passed away today, was a man of the best bands of swing and post-swing era, including orchestras by Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton and Gerald Wilson. Richard Cook describes him as "an impeccable lead-man for the duration of his long career, able to play the most demanding of parts, and as a result his skilful solos, often given a rascally, high-wire treatment, have been largely undervalued." 

Interestingly, I discover him for the first time, in a live rock album by The Band, called Rock of Ages, and later, watching his magisterial solo on Stella By Starlight (Count Basie Orchestra, Sweden 1963, from Jazz Icons series DVD), entered his name to my personal pantheon of greatest trumpet players of all times.

We remember him by listening to his album with Marshal Royal from 1978:

 Snooky & Marshal's Album

This album is Snooky Young's second session as a leader (from three sessions throughout his life), and this one with altoist Marshall Royal. Backed by a great rhythm section and guest vocalist Scatman Crothers who sings his own composition, Mean Dog Blues.

Snooky Young (Flugelhorn, Trumpet), Marshall Royal (alto sax), Ross Tompkins (piano), Freddie Green (guitar), Ray Brown (bass), Louie Bellson (drums), Scatman Crothers (vocals)
Hollywood, CA, 1978, Concord Jazz CJ55 - Total Time 42:28 - Transferred from Vinyl

Side A:
1) I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart (Ellington, Mills, Nemo, Redmond)
2) Mean Dog Blues (Scatman Crothers)
3) Cederay (Ray Brown)
4) Limehouse Blues (Braham, Furber)

Side B:
1) Cherry (Corgan, Gilbert, Mogg, Redman, Way)
2) Medley: You've Changed/I'm Confessin'/Come Sunday (Carey, Fischer/Dougherty, Reynolds, Neiburg/Ellington)
3) Catch a Star (Tom Peterson)
4) Should I? (Brown, Freed)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Guide to Best Jazz Scores for Cinema#1

Duke Ellington
Anatomy of a Murder
Otto Preminger
Music Directed/Conducted by: Gerald Wilson - Musicians: Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Harold Baker, Gerald Wilson, trumpet; Ray Nance, trumpet, violin; Johnny Hodges, alto sax; Russell Procope, clarinet, alto sax; Paul Gonsalves, tenor sax; Harry Carney, clarinet, baritone sax, bass-clar; Jimmy Hamilton, clarinet, tenor sax; Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders, trombone; Duke Ellington, piano; Billy Strayhorn, celeste; Jimmy Woode, acoustic double bass; James Johnson, drums.

Listen to theme for the main title

Henry Mancini
Touch of Evil
Orson Welles

Musicians: Ray Linn, Conrad Gozzo, Pete Candoli, trumpet; Plas Johnson, tenor sax; Dave Pell, baritone sax; Ray Sherman, piano; Barney Kessel, guitar; Red Norvo, vibraphone; Rollie Bundock, acoustic double
bass; Shelly Manne, drums; Jack Costanzo, bongos; Mike Pacheco, congas.

Listen to Reflection from Touch of Evil

Quincy Jones
In Cold Blood
Richard Brooks
Musicians: Buddy Childers, trumpet; Frank Rosolino, trombone; Dave Grusin, clavinet; Gene Cipriano, Bud Shank, William Green, woodwinds; Howard Roberts, guitar; Ray Brown, Andy Simpkins, b soloists;
Carol Kaye, acoustic double bass; Shelly Manne, Earl Palmer, drums; Don Elliott, Emil Richards, percussion.

Hanging Paper from the soundtrack

Bernard Herrmann
Taxi Driver
Martin Scorsese
Musicians: Malcolm McNab, trumpet; Tommy Johnson, Jim Self, tuba; Ronnie Lang, alto sax solos; Emil Richards, percussion.

Main Title

Elmer Bernstein/Chico Hamilton
Sweet Smell of Success
Alexander Mackendrick

Musicians: The Chico Hamilton Quintet (Paul Horn, reeds; John Pisano, guitar; Fred Katz, cello; Carson Smith, acoustic double bass; Chico Hamilton, drums), Pete Candoli, trumpet; Frank Rosolino, trombone; Curtis Counce, acoustic double bass.

Goodbye Baby, from Sweet Smell, by Chico Hamilton