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Henry Mancini: Music for Peter Gunn

August 12, 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Release Date: August 12, 2014
  • Label: harmonia mundi
  • Copyright: (c) 2014 harmonia mundi usa
  • Total Length: 50:55
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  • ASIN: B00LJGBKBW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,884 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By John J. Puccio TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 12, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Henry Mancini (1924-1994), one of Hollywood's most popular and prolific television and movie composers, wrote the music, which went on to win two Grammys and an Emmy award. In fact, Peter Gunn (1958-61) pretty much put Mancini on the map after he had toiled in relative obscurity in the movie industry for half a dozen years previously. From then on, though, it was all a rise to the top with one hit after another: Mr. Lucky, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Days of Wine and Roses, Charade, The Pink Panther series, The Great Race, 10, and hundreds more.

But here's another thing: I'd also be willing to bet that it's only the familiar Peter Gunn theme you remember and not all of the other background music Mancini wrote for the show. It's both the theme and associated music you get on this album: a modern recording of sixteen tracks, over fifty minutes, of music performed by the prestigious Harmonie Ensemble New York lead by conductor Steven Richman.

Of course, the music on the album is not entirely complete. For that you'd have to find the two-disc CD set containing all four of the LP's Mancini released of music from and inspired by Peter Gunn. But it wouldn't sound as good as the present album, and a lot of it might begin seeming a bit repetitious. Anyway, whether you're interested in the Peter Gunn music for purely nostalgic, sentimental reasons or because you like its West Coast Cool style of jazz, Richman's interpretations of the score and Harmonia Mundi's recording of it should fill the order.

While the main theme is every bit as jazzy and cool as we remember it, the other tracks are almost as engrossing. The Harmonie Ensemble use essentially the same orchestrations and instrumentations but have a style all their own.
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This is another successful release from the Harmonie Ensemble New York directed by Steven Richman, The usual impeccable musicianship and excellent sound quality add freshness and punch to Mancini's evocative background music to the famous TV series. Steven Richman's ensemble consists of the cream of New York's jazz and studio musicians like Lew Soloff, John Fedchock, Mark Gross, Lew Tabackin, Ronnie Cuber, Victor Lewis and others. Mancini's arrangements distilled the best of the mid to late 1950s West Coast jazz sounds,reminding one variously of George Shearing, Woody Herman's Third Herd, Gerry Mulligan, and occasionally Count Basie's Atomic period.
Steven Richman's projects continue to embody the words of Duke Ellington that good music is "beyond category". No other conductor has so expertly mastered the worlds of jazz and classical music, notably in his most recent Nutcracker release and in the earlier Gershwin, Grofe, Paul Whiteman albums. Steven Richman's steadily growing catalogue of imaginative, intriguing and varied recordings is well worth exploring,
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In the late 1950s, detective shows were all the rage. Today, the series Peter Gunn, starring Craig Stevens as the titular gumshoe, has faded a bit from popular memory. Its theme music, however, remains unforgettable.
Henry Mancini's classic score for the show has been covered over the years by everyone from guitar-slinger Duane Eddy to jazz singer Sarah Vaughn to progressive rockers Emerson Lake & Palmer. Now, there's a new album with a big brassy arrangement for a symphonic jazz orchestra, played by the Harmonie Ensemble/New York, Steven Richman, conductor and music director. Richman writes, "I grew up watching and listening to that great TV show. Everyone knows the Peter Gunn theme but far fewer seem to know there is about an hour and a half of gorgeous music recycled in various forms throughout the show's three seasons. Even our musicians were in the dark about this. They were happily surprised at the wonderful music, so skillfully written and arranged. We were all thrilled to play it."

Much of the action in Peter Gunn took place in Mother's, the waterfront roadhouse that was both Gunn's hangout and meeting place. The five-piece group that played there set the tone for a good deal of the show's music and therefore those musicians are of paramount importance to this music. Joining Mayorga in the stellar rhythm section are Bob Mann on guitar, Christos Rafalides on vibes, and the bass/drums tandem of Francois Moutin and Victor Lewis.

The ensemble is Steven Richman, conductor, Lew Soloff, Dominic Derasse, Joe Giorgianni, and Stanton Davis, trumpets, Mark Gross and Lawrence Feldman, alto sax, alto flute, Lew Tabackin and Lino Gomez: tenor sax, alto flute, Ronnie Cuber, baritone sax, Larry Farrell, John Fedchock, Mark Patterson, and Frank Cohen, trombone, R.J.
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The Peter Gunn Theme is the first song Jimmy Hendrix learned to play on guitar (as opposed to his broomstick when he was less-than-affectionately known in the neighborhood as Marbles). Witnessing Craig Stevens as PI PG on a b&w TV each week was near-noir, especially when the theme music kicked-in (N.B., Most childhood memories of the 1950s and early 60s are in black and white, greyscale, or sepia.). But music is always Technicolor, especially something as riveting as the PG theme.

These new recordings of Henry Mancini's original scores are nearly perfect in audio quality, sonic expression, tone, feel, and musicality. Plus the final selection has a sax solo (Lew Tabakin) that soars so high that few musicians on any acoustic (e.g., simplified) instrument can even approach it.

It may not be everyone's shot of whiskey, but if you like your music solid, brassy, and memorable, then this is top shelf single barrel Bourbon. Enjoy at your leisure.
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