Dean Elliott, Neal Hefti (arr, dir), Don Fagerquist (tp), Milt Bernhart (tb), Ben Cantor (cl), Bud Shank (as), Bob Cooper, Plas Johnson (ts), Jimmy Rowles (p), Howard Roberts (g), Red Mitchell (b), Shelly Manne (d)
Reference: JM 1002
Bar code: 8427328470025
Two Original Soundtrack Recordings
JAZZ IN THE MOVIES presents the most celebrated scores by the composers that introduced jazz to motion pictures and television soundtracks. In addition to providing a superbly appropriate setting for dramatic scenes, all the jazz background themes were interpreted by many of the best Hollywood and New York jazz studio musicians.
"Heres a genre that needs to be revisited! Back in the 1950s a ton of teenage movies about rebellion, gangs, drugs, romance and juvenile delinquency came out. Ah! The good old days!! Fresh Sound Records has brought together some of the soundtracks from these matinee specials, and lo and behold, they are really GOOD. The studios in those days boasted of the crème of the LA jazz scene crop, and the arrangers were up to the task, putting together some smoking scores as themes and background for the cheesy flicks.
The second reference features music from the movies College Confidential and Synanon. The former has a hot big band conducted by Franz Waxman with compositions by Dean Elliott. The band boasts of guys like Bud Shank/as, Bob Cooper/ts, Jimmy Rowles/p, Shelly Manne/dr and Don Fagerquist/tp and has a burning Main Title to start things off and some exotic percussion provided by Milt Holland. Brief but hip solos by Shank and Cooper are 50s chic, with a finger snapping Blues Train and Lets Go begging for modern retakes. Syananon is composed, arranged and conducted by no less than Neal Hefti himself, and includes a stellar group including Plas Johnson/ts, Rowles/org, Howard Roberts/g, Red Mitchell/b and Earl Palmer/d. Johnson gets lots of space for themes and a bit of improve, and Rowles bluesy organ adds lot of atmosphere on Blues for Hopper. Did you know that The Whiffenpoof Song came from this film? It works! Also,vintage photos of Mamie Van Doren (oh, yeah!), Stella Stevens (oh, yeah, oh yeah!) and Chuck Connors add to the atmosphere. A winner!
George Harris (February 17, 2014)