The Music From Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer

Skip Martin

The Music From Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer

RCA Victor

Composed by Dave Kahn, Melvin Lenard with Cappy Lewis (tp), Frank Rosolino (tb), Bud Shank, Ted Nash (as), Ted Nash (fl), Pete Jolly (p), Barney Kessel (g), Red Mitchel (b), Irv Cottler (d)

Reference: 74321 42124 2

Bar code: 743214212424


01. Riff Blues (Theme)
02. Core Pone Woman
03. Coffee House
04. Bad Guys
05. Black Night
06. Back Home
07. Night Crowd
08. Summer Mood
09. Like Mike
10. Morning After
11. Lenox Avenue Blow

Originally released in 1959



"Officially titled Music From Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, this album was one of the jewels of television's brief flirtation with jazz, in the wake of Peter Gunn. In this case, the arranger/conductor is Skip Martin, and the composers are Dave Kahn and Melvyn Lenard; the players include Ted Nash (alto sax, flute), Cappy Lewis (trumpet), Don Fagerquist (trumpet), Frank Rosolino (trombone), Richie Komuca (tenor sax), Bud Shank (alto), Pete Jolly (piano), Joe Howard (trombone), and Alvin Stoller (drums). The music stands on its own separate from the series, with lots of striking flourishes and solos that normally wouldn't be allowed in soundtrack music (the basic purpose of soundtrack music being to support the action without calling attention to itself). The fact was that the television series was so "hot" visually, amid Darren McGavin's over-the-top portrayal of Hammer, that the composers not only knew they could get away with writing stuff this out in front, but had to in order to fit the action on the screen. The beauty of Pete Candoli's trumpet playing on "Coffee House," Ted Nash's hot flute solo on the same track, Joe Howard's moody, mournful trombone solo on "Black Night," Richie Kamuca's jaunty tenor sax solo on "Back Home," or the overall jauntiness of "Lenox Avenue Strut" all come through amid a wealth of rewarding moments and passages throughout this disc. Originally issued as part of RCA's Living Stereo series, the reissue captures the same vivid, detailed sound textures. "

Bruce Eder -All Music Guide

$16.32  (tax incl.)

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