Category Archives: Crime Jazz

Shelly Manne & His Men Play Checkmate (1962)

Great Jazz versions of John Williams score for the TV show. Drummer Manne is accompanied by Conte Candoli-Trumpet, Richie Kamuca-Tenor Sax, Russ Freeman-Piano and Chuck Berghofter-Bass. Seven terrific tracks. Highlights include: “Checkmate”, “The Isolated Pawn” and “The Black Night.”

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TV Jazz Themes-Skip Martin and the Video All-Stars (1959)

Great album with extended versions from the days when TV music was at its best. Personnel include: Paul Horn, Jimmy Rowles, Frank Rosolino, Shelly Manne, Red Mitchell, Pete Candoli and Gus Bivona. The album was recorded in two sessions. Highlights … Continue reading

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Mission: Impossible TV Soundtrack-Lalo Schifrin

There’s more to the soundtrack than Schifrin’s legendary theme. Fourteen nice Jazzy tracks. Bud Shank is a standout on flute and alto sax.

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The Music From Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer-Skip Martin (1959)

Great musicians include Ted Nash, Richie Kamuca, Frank Rosolino, Bud Shank, Pete Candoli and Pete Jolly. Twelve tracks including the theme “Riff Blues.” Fans of West Coast Jazz will like this one.

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TV Soundtrack-M Squad (1957)

Another great Crime Jazz album. The theme was composed by Count Basie. Other music was written by Benny Carter and John Williams. The orchestra is conducted by Stanley Wilson. Another example of how music was an important part of a … Continue reading

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Soundtrack:Checkmate-John (Johnny) Williams

This is the best Crime Jazz album…period. Peter Gunn is a close second, but this is the champ. The show ran from 1960-62. It starred Doug McClure, Sebastion Cabot and  Anthony George as high priced detectives in San Francisco. It … Continue reading

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