I am preparing a radio show on Jazz and cinema for next week and I was wondering if you could help me find films with good jazz soundtrack.
I was thinking of :
Elevator to the Gallows by Louis Malle ( fabulous Miles Davis soundtrack)
Bird by Clint Eastwood
The Woody Allen films
Chico and Rita
I would love to hear more suggestions
Anatomy of a Murder – Duke Ellington
Anatomy of a Murder!
Where’s your radio show?
EDIT: Lol – great minds…
Anatomy of a Murder – Duke Ellington
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm – Miles Davis
Round Midnight – various
Alfie – Sonny Rollins
Blow Up – Herbie Hancock
The Pawnbroker – Quincy Jones
Let’s Get Lost – Chet Baker
Quincy Jones’s score for The Pawnbroker
Herbie Hancock’s score for Round Midnight
Duke Ellington’s score for Anatomy of a Murder
Good ones thus far. My additions:
Touch of Evil – Henry Mancini (and can we really leave out Mancini’s Pink Panther as well?)
The Man With the Golden Arm – Elmer Bernstein
Odds Against Tomorrow – The Modern Jazz Quartet
The Cool World – Dizzy Gillespie
Les Stances a Sophie – Art Ensemble of Chicago (never saw the film but it’s an amazing soundtrack)
charlie parker in ‘Murmur of the heart’ by louis malle
herbie hancock in antonioni’s ‘blow up’
charleng mingus in cassavetes’ ‘shadows’
and of course the documentary about chet baker called ‘lets get lost’
Round Midnight (Dexter Gordon is in this film.)
Clint Eastwood often has a jazz score. And that reminds me of 70s films and Lalo Schifrin. (I can’t think of specific titles, but I think he did some of the Dirty Harry films.)
I believe Gato Barbieri wrote the score for Last Tango in Paris, too.
Bobby Watson composed the score for A Bronx Tale (but I’m not sure if the music qualifies as jazz).
Pat Metheny composed the score for Falcon and the Snowman (but, again, I’m not sure if the music is jazz)
I’ll try to think of some more later on.
Kenyon Hopkins / The Hustler (1961)
One of my favourite soundtrack is the one by the fantastic free jazz trio Yosuke Yamashita Trio in the movie Ecstacy of Angel (1972) by Koji Wakamatsu. But all of the late 60’s/ early 70’s-films directed by Wakamatsu have brilliant jazz soundtracks.
The Warped Ones (1960) by Koreyoshi Kurahara also has a great hard bop soundtrack.
If I recall correctly, Lelouch’s In the Affirmative (1962) had a great jazz soundtrack as well.
And Stan Getz did a pretty cool soundtrack for Mickey One (1965).
Mostly live peformance music, but check out STRAIGHT NO CHASER for music from the great Thelonious Monk.
You mention Woody Allen films, so I’m sure I don’t need to mention SLEEPER.
Wow ! That’s plenty ! Thanks so much guys ! I have plenty of amazing films to catch up on :)
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Nice calls so far. What about Altman’s KANSAS CITY?
Totally ! I really liked the Jazz score in Kansas City .
Another one comes to my mind : Clockers by Spike Lee (Jazz by Terence Blanchard)
Paris Blues – Duke Ellington
Mister Buddwing – Kenyon Hopkins
Johnny Cool – Billy May
Elevator to the Gallows is in a league of its own, so good.
The Conversation — David Shire
Blast of Silence!
i did whhip up a batch. cradled them. mmmm
Repulsion and Sweet Smell of Success- great soundtracks by Chico Hamilton
Also, Jacques Poitrenaud’s Strip-tease, starring Nico (music by Big Joe Turner, jazzy contributions by Gainsbourg)
I’ll add Jess Franco’s insane exploitation film, Venus in Furs, not so much because it’s a great film (it isn’t), but because it has a great jazz score and some footage of Manfred Mann in the band’s transitional phase. It may also be Franco’s best film, although that is a relative observation.
BLACK ORPHEUS- Antonio Carlos Jobim
BULLITT- Lalo Schifrin
DES FEMMES DISPARAISSENT- Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers
LES TRICHEURS- Oscar Peterson w/ Stan Getz, Ray Brown, Coleman Hawkins, Lionel Hampton, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie etc…
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM- Shorty Rogers and His Giants w/ Shelly Mann
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I think Basil Dearden’s All Night Long is a potent example, featuring Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus in the film itself.
Others worth mentioning:
Three Rooms in Manhattan (1965)—Mal Waldron
Sweet Love, Bitter (1967)—Mal Waldron
Dilemma (1962)—Max Roach
The Connection (1962)—Freddie Redd (also features Jackie McLean, Larry Richie, Michael Mattos)
Les liaisons dangereuses (1959)—Thelonious Monk (also features Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers)
Help! My Snowman’s Burning Down (1965)—Gerry Mulligan
O.K. End Here (1963)—Ornette Coleman
Population Explosion (1968)—Ornette Coleman
more recent and worth mentioning Terence Blanchard.