RARA-AVIS: Noir music

Bill Hagen (billha@ionet.net)
Fri, 21 May 1999 23:52:00 -0500 (CDT) In response to my note on John Zorn's "Naked City" CD, Jason Boog writes

>I don't own it, but I'm trying to find it - Zorn supposedly has a tribute
>to Mickey called "Spillane." I guess it follows some book, musically, or

Coincidentally, I was in my local Borders and looked at the "Spillane"
album, but ran out of time before I could give it a test-listen. The
difference seems to be that "Naked City," like his earlier Morricone
tribute, "The Big Gundown," features takes on recognizable music from the
genre. So there's a take on the Batman theme, the James Bond theme, etc.
"Spillane," however, seems to have fewer titles, and longer pieces which
seem original. Now I wish I had paid more attention to it.

On a related note, isn't it interesting that while most of us associate bop
or cool jazz with the fiction we love, the classic film noirs tended to
feature swing or big band jazz. Because it was more commercial? (And
studio musicians could play it?)

Bill Hagen

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