Wow, what a topic to dive into. Months ago we discussed Miles
Davis and his soundtrack for "Ascenseur pour lechafaud," Lift
to the scaffold.")
Hmmm. Somewhere I have the album featuring music from the
Darin McGavin Mike Hammer series. I think it was Nelson
Riddle. Not bad in a big band brassy way. I rather liked an
"extended play" disk I have that Mickey Spillane endorsed big
time when it came out in the 1950s. It too was jazz and I
have fond memories of it.
Thinking of jazz, a lot of forms might work. Certainly I can
see the suitability of Charles Mingus...say his "Goodbye Pork
Pie Hat." I'm fond of the singer/composer/pianist Patricia
Barber. Maybe "Or Not To Be" from her album "A Distortion of
Love." I love the blues. Too much to sort out on short
notice. But Big Walter Horton's "Bloodstains on the Wall" is
a start. I've always found the late John Campbell to be very
dark. Maybe he had a hunch he would drop dead at 42 just as
he was meeting with some success. Perhaps his "Angel of
Sorrow" or "Wild Streak" or "World of Trouble" ("I left the
station walking. You know this time of night the buses don't
run through the outskirts of paradise.")
I can't wait to see what others suggest.
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