The music on this CD contains the celebrated jazz scores Leith Stevens wrote for "The Wild One" in 1953 and "Private Hell 36" in 1954. The idea behind putting both scores together on one disc is to offer all this exciting music originally issued on three different records.
Stevens' use of progressive jazz created an innovation in film-music history and Stevens was very particular about choosing the right jazz musicians to work on his scores. For these movies he used the interpretative skill of the oustanding young trumpeter and conductor Shorty Rogers. Shorty's collaboration with Steven in scoring films produced some of the most exciting background music of the time. Four of the jukebox tunes from "The Wild One" were first recorded by Shorty's own 19-piece band and issued on a 7-inch single by RCA Victor, still with the original title "Hot Blood". These large orchestra tracks were the first recordings of its genre appearing in a movie, and the beginning of a jazz tendency in dramatic films.
The Wild One
01. Hot Blood (The Wild One)
02. Blues for Brando
05. The Wild One
06. Lonely Way
08. Blues for Brando
13. Black rebel's Ride
14. Prelude to a Rumble
15. Drag for Beers
Private Hell 36
17. Private Hell 36
18. Havana Interlude
19. Easy Mood
20. Daddy, Long Legs
22. Didn't You Know?
24. Dance of the Lilliputian
25. Private Blues
Personnel and recording dates:
Shorty Rogers and his Orchestra
Shorty Rogers, Conrad Gozzo, Maynard Ferguson, Tom Reeves, Ray Leen (tp); John Graas (flh); Paul Sarmento (tuba); Jimmy Knepper, Harry Betts (tb); Bob Enevoldsen (v-tb); Bud Shank, Herb Geller (as); Bill Holman, Bill Perkins (ts); Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper (bs); Russ Freeman (p); Joe Mondragon (b); Shelly Manne (d).
Recorded in Hollywood, on July 14, 1953
Leith Stevens' All Stars
Shorty Rogers (tp); Maynard Ferguson (tp on #5,7,8,11,12); Milt Bernhart (tb on #6,8,9,10); Bud Shank (as, ts); Bob Cooper (ts); Jimmy Giuffre (ts, bs); Russ Freeman (p); Carson Smith (b); Shelly Manne (d).
Recorded in Hollywood, on October 2, 1953
Leith Stevens' All Stars
Shorty Rogers, Buddy childers (tp); John Graas (fh); Milt Bernhart (tb); Sal Franzella (as, cl); Herb Geller (as); Bob Cooper (ts); Jimmy Giuffre (bs); Bud Shank (bass s); Lou Levy (p); Ralph Pena (b); Larry Bunker (d).
Recorded in Hollywood, on April 2, 1956
Tracks #17-21 & 23-25:
Leith Stevens and His Orchestra
Shorty Rogers, Pete Candoli, Charles Grifford, Carlton McBeath (tp); John Graas (fh); Paul Sarmento (tuba); Milt Bernhart, Harry Betts (tb); Bob Enevoldsen (vtb); George Roberts (v-tb); Sal Franzella (as, cl); Lennie Niehaus (as); Bob Cooper, Jimmy Giuffre (ts); Bob Gordon (bcl, bs); Bud Shank (bass s); Claude Williamson (p); Joe Mondragon (b); Shelly Manne (d).
Recorded in Hollywood, on September 3, 1954
Tracks #22: Ida Lupino (p, vcl).
Recorded in Hollywood, 1953