RARA-AVIS: Noir Music

McHale, Steve (SMcHale@filenet.com)
Mon, 24 May 1999 08:10:57 -0700 Three trivial tidbits of Film Noir music:

Film Noir by jazz pianist Ran Blake. It was released in 1980. Don't know if
it made it to CD. It was a most satisfying piece of musical noir
interpretation. Some are his own compositions, some are his interpretations
of sound tracks. Buy this recording if you manage to find it! He has a large
catalog of works. I don't know what his other stuff is like.

White Heat (this is the artist name) Film Noir: The Jazz at the Movies Band
(this is the CD title - quite a mouthful, huh?). This is another impossibly
small release that I managed to find at those 2nd hand record stores that
manage to sell this kind of stuff on the cheap (long since out of business
and my heart is breaking). It's 54 minutes of theme music from the Film Noir
greats. The orchestration is strong, but the production is first rate.

Torn Curtain by Television. Television's work is aggressive, early New Wave
from the late 70's New York City era. None of their other stuff is Noirish.
But this song is. It has nothing to do with the Hitchcock film (but I do
have the novelization by Richard Wormser).

Since we are all researchers and archivists at heart, may I suggest the All
Music Guide at http://www.allmusic.com/

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