Re: RARA-AVIS: David Goodis and jazz influence

From: Harvey ( harveyj3rd@yahoo.com)
Date: 23 Jul 2007


One of the best noir jazz soundtracks is Johnny Mandel's score for I Want To Live. The CD (out of print but easily obtainable on the internet)includes the music performed in the movie by Gerry Mulligan's seven piece band which was released on LP simultaneously with the sound track.
--- Richard Moore < moorich@aol.com> wrote:

> --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Jeff Vorzimmer"
>
> <jvorzimmer@...> wrote:
> >
> > Speaking about jazz, hardboiled crime fiction and
> film noir, I
> thought I'd
> > add that I think the best soundtrack of any film
> noir has to be
> Ascenseur
> > pour L'ť£®afaud (1958). The French really got the
> style and angst
> down in
> > their revival of the genre in the late 50s. Having
> Miles Davis
> score the
> > film was brilliant and I think it stands as one of
> his great works
> of that
> > decade. Interestingly enough it's been on CD now
> for almost 20
> years and
> > still in print I believe. If someone on list can
> think of a better
> > soundtrack, I for one would like to know about it.
> >
> > Jeff
>
> Offhand I can't think of a better one. It's
> wonderful. I always
> thought Charles Mingus could have composed a great
> noir soundtrack.
> As I recall, he was supposed to do the music for
> John Cassavetes'
> first film Shadows (1959) but most of it didn't get
> done for one
> reason or the other. I believe some Mingus remained
> in the film,
> although most was by other hands.
>
> The Cassavetes television series Johnny Staccato
> (1959) also
> featured some very good jazz. There was a regular
> house band in
> Staccato's club and other musicians had guest bits.
> Red Norvo was
> one and John Williams, later to become the most
> Oscar-nominated
> composer in history, did a couple of episodes as a
> piano player. He
> was billed as Johnny Williams.
>
> Speaking of house bands in private eye series, they
> were rather
> common in private eye series of the late 1950s and
> early 1960s. The
> show that kicked off the private eye boom was Roy
> Huggins' 77 Sunset
> Strip. When PI Stuart Bailey and his cohorts needed
> a drink, which
> was fairly often, they would drop into a club called
> Dino's where
> the Frankie Ortega Trio was usually on the band
> stand. They were a
> real group and a pretty good one.
>
> Richard Moore
>
>
>
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