Jazz in Film

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Producer Rick Clark surveyed more than 40 years of filmmaking in his search for worthy big band jazz music from movie scores to be played by Great Britain's National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Of course, there is plenty of such music to be found in films of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, since many of the movie composers of those decades came out of the swing era. Although this collection technically spans 1955 to 1997; in fact, the 1997 title, the sole one from the '90s, is a ringer, since Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova," adapted by George S. Clinton for the Austin Powers movies, was actually composed in 1962. Clark makes some obvious choices, such as clearly jazz-influenced ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Producer Rick Clark surveyed more than 40 years of filmmaking in his search for worthy big band jazz music from movie scores to be played by Great Britain's National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Of course, there is plenty of such music to be found in films of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, since many of the movie composers of those decades came out of the swing era. Although this collection technically spans 1955 to 1997; in fact, the 1997 title, the sole one from the '90s, is a ringer, since Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova," adapted by George S. Clinton for the Austin Powers movies, was actually composed in 1962. Clark makes some obvious choices, such as clearly jazz-influenced writers Jones, Lalo Schifrin "Suite from Bullitt," "Dirty Harry Suite", and Henry Mancini "Touch of Evil". But he also finds jazzy music from what would have seemed less likely contributors, such as John Williams "Cinderella Liberty" and David Shire "The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3". And as a British project, the album naturally boasts some native talent in John Dankworth "Modesty Blaise" and Dudley Moore, who, though best known as a comic actor, did do some of his own scores, notably Bedazzled and 30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia, included as a medley with other material in "Dudley Moore Tribute." Whatever the source, however, the music has been arranged by members of the orchestra, who turn it into convincing big band jazz with swinging rhythms, strong horn charts, and a lot of soloing. Much of this music sounds very different from the way it does underscoring the quite varied sorts of films it accompanied a lot of thrillers and crime pictures, plus the animated comedy Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and the spy spoofs Modesty Blaise and Austin Powers. But it works cohesively as an album, which is to say that the orchestra has imposed its style on the material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2004
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 738572037123
  • Catalog Number: 955913
  • Sales rank: 326,635

Album Credits

Performance Credits
National Youth Jazz Orchestra Primary Artist
Tom Mark Electric Bass, Electric Guitar
Chris Marshall Percussion
Dan Carpenter Trumpet
Dave Foster Bass
John Stokes Trombone
Jimmy Hart Drums, Vibes
Martin Gladdish Trombone, Soloist
Andy Lester Trombone
Joe Auckland Trumpet, Soloist
Lindsay Evans Percussion
Martyn Bayliss Horn
Bob Dowell Trombone, Soloist
Lewis Edney Trombone
John Escreet Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes
Robin Fincher Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Robin Fincker Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Andy Greenwood Trumpet
Jeremy Haglund Guitar
Mark Hanslip Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Kai Hoffman Horn
Evan Jolly Trumpet, Soloist
Phil Knights Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Jerry Maglund Guitar
Gemma Moore Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Lalo Schifrin Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Elmer Bernstein Composer
Quincy Jones Composer
Dudley Moore Composer
Jerry Fielding Composer
Rick Clark Producer, Liner Notes, Mastering
George S. Clinton Composer
John Dankworth Composer
Mike Ross Engineer
David Shire Composer
Alan Silvestri Composer
Dave Foster Arranger
Bill Ashton Director, Orchestra Director
James Fitzpatrick String Contractor
Sean Mowle Art Direction
Glen Aitkin Liner Notes
Bob Dowell Arranger
Evan Jolly Arranger, Director, Orchestra Director
Reynold da Silva Executive Producer
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