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The Music from Peter Gunn (1958-1961 TV Series)
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks
Ensemble sound was more important than virtuosic, emotive soloing in the West Coast style known as "cool" jazz. Henry Mancini took a number of his cues from that mellow '50s sound when he scored the television crime-drama ... more »
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Ensemble sound was more important than virtuosic, emotive soloing in the West Coast style known as "cool" jazz. Henry Mancini took a number of his cues from that mellow '50s sound when he scored the television crime-drama series, Peter Gunn. This soundtrack CD is full of memorable themes, lush textures, and succinct solos played by big band veterans. Vibraphonist Victor Feldman is heavily featured and his instrument's soft, ringing tone plays a key role here. Occasionally Mancini slips into turning out indistinctive, generic pieces, and soundtrack-composer-to-be John Williams's piano playing can be plinky and stiff. But other than that, this is top-notch TV soundtrack fare, highlighted by the irresistible, proto-surf-rock theme song. Instead of just filling up digital space, the bonus tracks really are a valuable addition. A growling trombone solo on "Walkin' Bass" and Shelly Manne's swinging drum work are just a couple of the reasons why. --Fred Cisterna
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David N. (ilikeallmusic) from GADSDEN, AL
Reviewed on 8/4/2015...
Rated 5.0 at All Music Guide, I remember this in the late 50's on TV. Great jazz, sounds good and extra tracks included. The Stereo separation is very good!! David
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 4/15/2007...
If you're a Mancini fan, you'll love the Peter Gunn jazz!
Mancini's Master of "Music from Peter Gunn TV Series"
Michael R. Sawyer, CST | Aiken, SC USA | 10/30/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I had to rate this recording at four stars, only because of the musical arrangments. The songs for the most part, are very good but, the soundtrack has about as much "fidelity" as an old fashioned tin can telephone that kids used to play with. The soundtrack at times has way too much echo, which "muddies" up the rest of the instruments.
The producers of this CD recording must have fallen asleep, and did no re-mastering of the original music on tape. Thank God, I have Nero to do my own re-mastering.
This CD shoots a dud; only because it really needs to be re-mastered."