Jazz in Film

Jazz in Film

by National Youth Jazz OrchestraNational Youth Jazz Orchestra


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Producer Rick Clark surveyed more than 40 years of filmmaking in his search for worthy big band jazz music from movie scores to be played by Great Britain's National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Of course, there is plenty of such music to be found in films of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, since many of the movie composers of those decades came out of the swing era. (Although this collection technically spans 1955 to 1997; in fact, the 1997 title, the sole one from the '90s, is a ringer, since Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova," adapted by George S. Clinton for the Austin Powers movies, was actually composed in 1962.) Clark makes some obvious choices, such as clearly jazz-influenced writers Jones, Lalo Schifrin ("Suite from Bullitt," "Dirty Harry Suite"), and Henry Mancini ("Touch of Evil"). But he also finds jazzy music from what would have seemed less likely contributors, such as John Williams ("Cinderella Liberty") and David Shire ("The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3"). And as a British project, the album naturally boasts some native talent in John Dankworth ("Modesty Blaise") and Dudley Moore, who, though best known as a comic actor, did do some of his own scores, notably Bedazzled and 30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia, included as a medley with other material in "Dudley Moore Tribute." Whatever the source, however, the music has been arranged by members of the orchestra, who turn it into convincing big band jazz with swinging rhythms, strong horn charts, and a lot of soloing. Much of this music sounds very different from the way it does underscoring the quite varied sorts of films it accompanied (a lot of thrillers and crime pictures, plus the animated comedy Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and the spy spoofs Modesty Blaise and Austin Powers). But it works cohesively as an album, which is to say that the orchestra has imposed its style on the material.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2004
Label: Imports
UPC: 0738572037123
catalogNumber: 955913
Rank: 174304

Album Credits

Performance Credits

National Youth Jazz Orchestra   Primary Artist
Tom Mark   Electric Bass,Electric Guitar
Chris Marshall   Percussion
Dan Carpenter   Trumpet
Dave Foster   Bass
John Stokes   Trombone
Jimmy Hart   Drums,Vibes
Martin Gladdish   Trombone,Soloist
Andy Lester   Trombone
Joe Auckland   Trumpet,Soloist
Lindsay Evans   Percussion
Martyn Bayliss   Horn
Bob Dowell   Trombone,Soloist
Lewis Edney   Trombone
John Escreet   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Robin Fincher   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Robin Fincker   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Andy Greenwood   Trumpet
Jeremy Haglund   Guitar
Mark Hanslip   Flute,Alto Flute,Piccolo,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Kai Hoffman   Horn
Evan Jolly   Trumpet,Soloist
Phil Knights   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Jerry Maglund   Guitar
Gemma Moore   Flute,Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Lalo Schifrin   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Elmer Bernstein   Composer
Quincy Jones   Composer
Dudley Moore   Composer
Jerry Fielding   Composer
Rick Clark   Producer,Liner Notes
George S. Clinton   Composer
John Dankworth   Composer
Mike Ross   Engineer
David Shire   Composer
Alan Silvestri   Composer
Dave Foster   Arranger
James Fitzpatrick   String Contractor
Sean Mowle   Art Direction
Glen Aitkin   Liner Notes
Bob Dowell   Arranger
Evan Jolly   Arranger,Director,Orchestra Director
Reynold da Silva   Executive Producer
Bill Ashton   Director,Orchestra Director

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