Re: RARA-AVIS: JAZZ as soundtrack

Date: 23 Jul 2007

From Ashley Kahn's Kind of Blue (p. 65):

"In the late fifties, Hollywood was just beginning to explore the full emotive possibilities of jazz musicians and composers on full-feature soundtracks. The list of examples is still awe-inspiring: Elmer Bernstein and Shorty Rogers on 1955's Man with the Golden Arm, Chico Hamilton on 1957's Sweet Smell of Success, Duke Ellington on 1959's Anatomy of a Murder, and Charles Mingus on 1960's Shadows. Even in comparison with these film scores--the result of careful planning and generous budgets (or as low budget as Ascenseur, in the case of Cassavetes's Shadows)--Mile's one-night, improvised accomplishments holds up, and indeed stands out all the more."


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