Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Henry Mancini Music for Peter Gunn

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Henry Mancini Music for Peter Gunn

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Harmonie Ensemble/New York

Henry Mancini Music for Peter Gunn

Harmonia Mundi HMU 907624

Lew Soloff, Dominic Derasse, Joe Giorgianni, Stanton Davis (tp) Larry Farrell, John Fedchock, Mark Patterson, Frank Cohen (tb) Mark Gross, Lawrence Feldman (as, alto-fl) Lew Tabackin, Lino Gomez (ts, alto-fl) Ronnie Cuber (bs) RJ. Kelly, Alexandra Cook, Eric Davis, David Peel (flgn) Bob Mann (g) Christos Rafalides (vbs) Lincoln Mayorga (p) Francois Moutin (b) Victor Lewis (d) Steven Richman (cond). New York City, June 2012

Peter Gunn Theme/Sorta Blue/The Brothers Go To Mother's/ Dreamsville /Session At Pete's Pad/Soft Sounds/Fallout/The Floater/Slow And Easy/A Profound Gass/Brief And Breezy/My Manne Shelly/Blue Steel/Blues For Mother's/Spook/Peter Gunn Theme (reprise). TT 51:04

Steven Richman, pianist, flugelhornist, music director and conductor, founded the Harmonie Ensemble /New York (HE/NY) in 1979 and this is his 11th release, ranging from classical to contemporary and performed by top notch musicians from New York's jazz and classical communities.

Famous pianist, arranger, songwriter and conductor Henry Mancini (1924-1994) wrote and played the Peter Gunn music for the popular private eye TV show that ran on NBC and ABC from 1958 to 1961. He was chosen to do the show because, not only was he a proven composer, but he also had big band jazz experience as pianist/arranger for the Glenn Miller -Tex Beneke band after WWII.

While the Peter Gunn series didn't break any viewing records, its theme and other selections were very popular. Mancini's first soundtrack album, The Music from Peter Gunn, reached #1 on Billboard's Pop Chart and won a 1958 Grammy Award. During the next several years, that entire album was covered by a number of jazz artists that included Ted Nash, Pete Candoli, Aaron Bell, Joe Wilder and, Shelly Manne. Manne's album was one of the best - he had a special connection as he appeared as a special guest in a 1959 episode of the show. The regular jazz combo that appeared in the series included Pete Candoli (tp) Ted Nash (as) Ronny Lang (fl) and John Williams (p).

The selections in this CD are from the first and second Mancini Peter Gunn albums and the sound is similar, but not the same - these new versions are bolder, brighter with more creative solos. Richman commented: "we actually were able to get our hands on the original arrangements. Now to my knowledge, this is the first recording of Mancini's original arrangements since 1958. …

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