Ultimate Mancini

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Henry Mancini was easily one of the greatest composers for film soundtracks, so putting together a collection of 17 songs nominated for various awards Grammy, Golden Globe, or Academy Awards was easy. But finding the proper mix of musicians was important. His daughter, Monica Mancini, is a talented singer in her own right, so she was an obvious choice. And it was only natural to invite tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson to reprise his most famous solo in "The Pink Panther Theme," which he recorded with Mancini for the original soundtrack. For the most part, Mancini's arrangements are utilized, but there are some twists. Stevie Wonder is featured on harmonica with the vocal group...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Henry Mancini was easily one of the greatest composers for film soundtracks, so putting together a collection of 17 songs nominated for various awards Grammy, Golden Globe, or Academy Awards was easy. But finding the proper mix of musicians was important. His daughter, Monica Mancini, is a talented singer in her own right, so she was an obvious choice. And it was only natural to invite tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson to reprise his most famous solo in "The Pink Panther Theme," which he recorded with Mancini for the original soundtrack. For the most part, Mancini's arrangements are utilized, but there are some twists. Stevie Wonder is featured on harmonica with the vocal group Take 6 in the pretty ballad "Moon River," while organist Joey DeFrancesco shines in the breezy "Mr. Lucky." But it is Monica Mancini who makes the biggest impression along with her father's music, of course. Her sensual rendition of "Moment to Moment," and her lightly swinging duet with singer Kenny Rankin of "Dreamsville," both of which are complemented by Tom Scott's superb alto sax, make it apparent that she inherited her father's musical genes. Among the several arrangements contributed by Patrick Williams, his gorgeous chart for Monica of "Dear Heart" features the singer backed mostly by George Doering's sensitive acoustic guitar. As Donald Fagen of Steely Dan puts it in his brief note to the CD: "All bow before the High Priest of Hollywood Cool!" In other words, fans of Henry Mancini should snap up this rewarding CD right away.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431223726
  • Catalog Number: 2237
  • Sales rank: 21,368

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Pink Panther Theme - Joey DeFrancesco (5:18)
  2. 2 Charade - Patrick Williams (2:59)
  3. 3 Two for the Road - Patrick Williams (3:56)
  4. 4 Moon River - Stevie Wonder (3:09)
  5. 5 Moment to Moment - Patrick Williams (3:26)
  6. 6 Days of Wine and Roses - Patrick Williams (4:15)
  7. 7 Peter Gunn Suite: Peter Gunn Theme - Patrick Williams (2:07)
  8. 8 Peter Gunn Suite: Dreamsville - Patrick Williams (3:19)
  9. 9 Dear Heart - Patrick Williams (2:42)
  10. 10 The Thorn Birds Theme - Patrick Williams (2:40)
  11. 11 Anywhere My Heart Goes (Meggie's Theme) - Patrick Williams (3:03)
  12. 12 Mr. Lucky - Joey DeFrancesco (2:47)
  13. 13 Whistling Away the Dark - Patrick Williams (4:41)
  14. 14 Movie Medley: Life in a Looking Glass - Patrick Williams (1:57)
  15. 15 Movie Medley: Crazy World - Patrick Williams (2:23)
  16. 16 Movie Medley: It's Easy to Say - Patrick Williams (2:53)
  17. 17 Music on the Way - Patrick Williams (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Henry Mancini Primary Artist, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Take 6 Vocals, Guest Appearance
Gary Burton Vibes, Guest Appearance
Plas Johnson Tenor Saxophone, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Kenny Rankin Vocals, Guest Appearance
Tom Scott Alto Saxophone, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Charles Davis Trumpet
Patrick Williams Conductor
Rick Baptist Trumpet, Group Member
Scotty Barnhart Trumpet, Group Member
Chuck Berghofer Bass, Group Member
Joey DeFrancesco Hammond Organ, Soloist, Guest Appearance, Hammond B3
George Doering Guitar
Assa Drori Violin, Group Member
Jimmy Ercole Woodwind, Group Member
Kirstin Fife Violin, Group Member
Ronald Folsom Violin, Group Member
Berj Garabedian Violin, Group Member
Endre Granat Concert Master
Dan Higgins Woodwind, Group Member
Greg Huckins Woodwind, Group Member
Armen Ksadjikian Cello, Celli, Group Member
Michael Lang Piano, Group Member
Dane Little Cello, Celli, Group Member
Charles Loper Trombone, Group Member
Warren Luening Trumpet, Group Member
Andy Martin Trombone, Group Member
Bob McChesney Trombone, Group Member
Larry McGuire Trumpet, Group Member
Carole Mukogawa Viola, Group Member
Harry Shirinian Viola, Group Member
David Shostac Woodwind, Group Member
Tina Soule Cello, Celli, Group Member
Sheridon Stokes Woodwind, Group Member
Joe Stone Woodwind, Group Member
Miwako Watanabe Violin, Group Member
Chauncey Welsch Trombone, Group Member
Stevie Wonder Harmonica, Guest Appearance
Gary Woodward Woodwind, Group Member
Shelly Berg Keyboards, Group Member
Gregg Field Drums, Group Member
John Walz Cello, Celli, Group Member
Drew Dembowski Bass, Group Member
Renita Koven Viola, Group Member
Tommy Johnson Tuba, Group Member
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet, Group Member
Timothy Landauer Cello, Celli, Group Member
Jacqueline Suzuki Violin
Jay Stone Woodwind
Shawn Mann Viola, Group Member
Dana Kelley French Horn, Group Member
Paul Klintworth French Horn, Group Member
Irina Voloshina Violin, Group Member
Julie Berghofer Harp
Jennifer Walton Violin, Group Member
David Schostac Woodwind
Michael Valerio Bass, Group Member
Trevor Handy Cello, Celli, Group Member
Jody Rubin Viola, Group Member
Liane Mautner Violin, Group Member
Sarah Thornblade Violin, Group Member
Bob Becker Viola, Group Member
Bradley Kintscher French Horn, Group Member
Becky Bunnell Violin, Group Member
Trish Skye French Horn, Group Member
Yan To Violin, Group Member
Mark Adams French Horn, Group Member
Kenneth Kugler Trombone, Group Member
Karen Jones Violin, Group Member
Raymond Tischer Viola, Group Member
Kevin Connolly Violin, Group Member
Brian O'Connor French Horn, Group Member
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Arranger, Composer, Duet
Kenny Rankin Duet
Patrick Williams Arranger
Leslie Bricusse Composer
John Burk Executive Producer
Ray Evans Composer
Will Jennings Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Don Murray Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Al Schmitt Engineer
Gregg Field Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Robert Hadley Mastering
John "Buddy" Williams Liner Notes
Seth Presant Engineer, Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
Ana Baracca Graphic Design
Kaspar Hugentobler Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Legacy to Mancini

    This collection of Henry Mancini classics is superb. It is a great legacy to a man and his music.

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