Classic Scores from PI
Of course, the classic noir flick is permanently linked to
jazz, ominous dischordant bass, wailing saxophones and all that.
Somehow they just seem to go together. Not that other genres haven't
left their mark, as well.
- The Maltese Falcon
(1941, Warner Bros)
Music by Adolph Deutsch
(1944, 20th Century Fox)
Music by David Raksin
David Raskin's haunting musical theme to the
film became an instant classic, and has since become something
of a big band and jazz standard. Coming soon, to a wedding near
- Murder My Sweet
Music by Roy Webb
- The Big Sleep
(Warner Bros., 1946)
Music by Max Steiner
Music by Isaac Hayes
A perfect reflection of its time. A throbbing,
chunky funky mean mutha of a soundtrack. The theme song, written,
and performed by Isaac Hayes, which charted big, remains a cornerstone
- The Long Goodbye
Supposedly quite the soundtrack (I know diddley
about jazz). A recurring musical leitmotiv keeps popping up throughout
the film, in various interpretations by a wide range of different
jazz players and singers, both on-screen and off.
- Devil in a Blue Dress
Varied soundtrack of gospel, r'n'b and jump blues
sets the tone of this well-done, but uneven, look into the black
experience into post-War LA.
For those interested in this stuff, check out Rhino Record's
Murder Is My Beat: Classic Film Noir Themes And Scenes
and Crime Jazz: Murder in the First Degree. There's also
another CD, in the same series, Crime Jazz: Murder in the Second
Degree, that covers television.
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