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Henry Mancini: Music for Peter Gunn

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Performer Notes:

  • Liner Note Author: John Caps .
  • Recording information: The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York City (06/2012).
  • Editors: Steven Richman; Bill Siegmund.
  • Photographers: Peter Schaaf; Anna Kepe; Joe Josephs .
  • Remember how strikingly contemporary it seemed when Miami Vice used Phil Collins and Glenn Frey on its soundtrack, or years later when the producers of Gilmore Girls and The O.C. showcased young indie bands on their shows? Well, it was just that revolutionary in 1958 when Blake Edwards, producer of the otherwise fairly standard detective show Peter Gunn, tapped the young composer Henry Mancini to write a soundtrack informed by the West Coast-style cool jazz of Dave Brubeck and Chet Baker. The soundtrack album for Peter Gunn may be best known for the cool twang guitar riff of the main theme (later lifted wholesale by the B-52’s for “Planet Claire,” among others who recognized its forbidding cool), but this is his most jazz-influenced soundtrack work. There’s some particularly impressive work by drummer Shelly Manne and vibes player Victor Feldman, whose cool, understated playing seems to deliberately recall that of Milt Jackson. ~ Rovi Staff

Professional Reviews: Q (2/00, p.106) – 4 stars out of 5 – “Classic soundtracking from the one-time easy-listening pianist. Peter Gunn throws big jazzy proto-Pink Panther shapes…”

Producer: Steven Richman

Format: CD (1 Disc); Stereo

Country: USA

Studio/Live: Studio

Release Date: 12 August, 2014


Dimensions: 12.5 × 14.3 × 1 centimeters (0.10 kg)

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