Francy Boland / Kenny Clarke / Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band

Jazz in the Movies-More Jazz

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The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band covers ten selections written by various composers for movie soundtracks on this CD reissue. However, unless one is a devotee of Italian films, most of this music will be unfamiliar to jazz fans, although the perfunctory arrangements (nearly all under four minutes) don't leave room for a lot of solos. Since no list of band personnel is provided, discography research hints that the soloists include Sahib Shihab (on flute), tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, and trumpeter Benny Bailey, though almost all of the solos are a chorus (or less) long. The best known composition is probably "More," heard in a slow rendition with Boland's busy piano buried in the mix, followed by Piero Piccioni's ballad "Your Smile," covered by a number of other jazz musicians, including Gato Barbieri (with its composer on piano) a few years earlier. The most prominent composers represented are Nino Rota ("Passerella di Otto e Mezzo")" and Ennio Morricone ("Questi Vent' Ani Miei"). The music is good, but there are higher priority recordings by the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band available on both CD and LP.

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