On Jazz Goes to Hollywood, trumpeter Fred Karlin performs nine themes from movies of the 1960s plus two of his own melodies. Unlike some similar projects, these interpretations are straightforward jazz with no need for strings, voices, or over-produced tracks. Karlin shows respect for the melodies while using the themes as a basis for building up strong solos. Some of the selections showcase Karlin in a quartet with pianist Roger Kellaway, bassist Bob Magnusson, and drummer Jeff Hamilton while a few others have the Stan Getz-inspired tenor saxophonist Jim Kindred making the group a quintet. In addition, trombonist Bill Watrous is a major asset on three songs. While the classic ballad "Emily" works as well as usual, such unlikely pieces as "The Odd Couple," "Bullitt," and "Advise and Consent" are also transformed quite smoothly into swinging jazz. This valuable and memorable release casts light on some long-neglected film themes and also shows that Karlin is a greatly underrated trumpeter.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow