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Crime Jazz: Music In The Second Degree (Television And Film Soundtrack Anthology) [Soundtrack]

Various Artists , Quincy Jones , Henry Mancini , Stan Kenton , Lalo Schifrin Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B00000344Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shoot To Kill - Quincy Jones & His Orchestra
2. Taunting Scene - Stan Kenton & His Orchestra
3. The Boss - Joseph Gershenson & The Universal-International Orchestra
4. Arabesque - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra
5. The Killer - Lalo Schifrin
6. Toss Me A Scalpel - Leith Stevens & Orchestra
7. Prison Break - Irving Joseph
8. French Quarter - Alex North & His Orchestra
9. Late At Bailey's Pad - Warren Barker & Warner Bros. Star Instrumentalists
10. Floozie - Alex North & His Orchestra
11. Danube Incident - Lalo Schifrin
12. Where I Live: The Apartment/Cleaning Up For Jenny/The Polish Landlady - Stan Getz
13. Perry Mason Theme - Buddy Morrow
14. Hammer Blow - Skip Martin
15. Caper At The Coffee House - Warren Barker & Warner Bros. Star Instrumentalists
16. The Asphalt Jungle (Main Title) - Miklos Rozsa
17. Experiment In Terror - Kai Winding
18. Mr. Lucky - Henry Mancini

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A worthy continuation to Volume One, "Music in the First Degree." The people at Rhino Records prove again that they really know what they're doing. These two volumes contain superb West Coast jazz (studio and name bands) from the wonderful black and white realm of crime movies and TV shows, post-nuclear, pre-Viet Nam. This volume doesn't contain quite the "hit parade" of well-known themes that you hear on Volume One, and includes an only okay version of the "Perry Mason" theme. As I write these words, however, I'm listening to the last cut, Henry Mancini's closing theme to "Mr. Lucky." Even if you don't remember the escapades of Lucky and Andamo on Blake Edwards's gambling boat, I dare you to find a more beautiful, evocative piece of music. An essential CD.
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Movies and television programs in the mystery, crime, and suspense genres, are typically accompanied by music appropriate to the theme. Crime Jazz: Music in the Second Degree (1997), is the second collection from such sources, on Rhino Records. The selections are drawn from films and TV shows from the 1950's and 1960's, when jazz was one of the predominant musical styles.

Most of the tunes have a cool suspenseful, or high tension vibe. Overall, there is a nice mix of styles, and musical approaches, preformed by various orchestras. Compositions by Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, and Alex North are featured more than once.

Cool, rhythmic, and driving, Mancini's Arabesque is a classic example from the genre. The same is true of Lalo Schifrin's tense composition, The Killer, from The Liquidator (1966). Shoot To Kill, by Quincy Jones, from the motion picture Mirage (1965), has that high wire, walking on the edge of danger vibe. Hammer Blow, from the TV series Mike Hammer (1955), is a swinging tune that hits hard, like a kick in the teeth. With a lively walking bass line, Caper At The Coffee House, from the TV show 77 Sunset Strip, is a nice slice of extremely cool jazz. From the movie The Interns (1962), comes the jumping number, Toss Me A Scalpel, by Lieth Stevens.

Not everything works well. Fred Steiner's Perry Mason Theme, might be the most recognizable tune, but maintaining a hard edge is difficult, and this version is very soft. Similarly, Mancini's Mr. Lucky seems a bit mild for this collection. Alex North's compositions (French Quarter, Floozie, and Late Night At Bailey's Pad), have a more slow bluesy style, with a vibe of being intoxicated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool crime jazz September 10, 2013
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I like to read books while listening to thematically appropriate music. This CD is good for "Noir" novels or almost any mysteries from 20th Century and later.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Second Degree good, First Degree better April 18, 2013
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This is pretty good if you like old big-band style tv and movie music. It has 18 tracks, mostly arrangements of music from movie scenes, but one is the well-known Perry Mason theme. I like the Crime Jazz; Music in the First Degree better, that one's a 5-star.
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