Woody Allen's Movie Music

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Woody Allen's Movie Music Review

by Bradley Torreano

Woody Allen's love of classic jazz shows when the most popular songs from his movies are gathered onto one disc. From the opening track, "As Time Goes By," it becomes obvious how important Allen's music really is to his films. Although Play It Again, Sam is an obvious tribute to Casablanca, Allen's use of "As Time Goes By" is effective and quite memorable for different reasons than in the classic original. And what would the opening credits to Radio Days be without Harry James' brilliant take on "Flight of the Bumblebee"? That song sets the pace for the movie better than any other song could have and, though it is quite famous for other reasons, Allen made it his own when it was heard in the film's context. This set of music proves that Allen has the eerie ability to take a popular standard and set it so well to one of his films that the listener can pinpoint the exact scene in which the song was used. That is no easy task, especially with the caliber of the songs found here, so as a collection this is not only filled with wonderful jazz, but also serves as a good reminder of Allen's best work.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Arthur Wilson 02:46 Amazon
2 Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra 02:47 Amazon
3 Louis Armstrong 03:33 Amazon
4 Woody Allen feat: Bob Chester & His Orchestra / Chick Webb 03:23 Amazon
5 Django Reinhardt 02:31 Amazon
6 Woody Allen feat: Harry James / Harry James & His Orchestra 03:30 Amazon
7 Woody Allen feat: Harry James / Harry James & His Orchestra 02:56 Amazon
8 Woody Allen feat: Harry James / Harry James & His Orchestra 01:54 Amazon
9 Woody Allen feat: Harry James / Harry James & His Orchestra 03:13 Amazon
10 Goodman Group 03:25 Amazon
11 Woody Allen feat: Glenn Miller / The Glenn Miller Orchestra 03:35 Amazon
12 Artie Shaw 03:13 Amazon
13 Tommy Dorsey 02:59 Amazon
14 Woody Allen feat: Frank Sinatra / Axel Stordahl 03:08 Amazon
15 Benny Goodman 03:31 Amazon
16 Tommy Dorsey 04:27 Amazon
17 Glenn Miller 03:19 Amazon
18 Duke Ellington 02:56 Amazon
19 Carmen Miranda 02:52 Amazon
20 Erroll Garner 02:55 Amazon
21 Woody Allen feat: Bob Cats / Bob Crosby 02:47 Amazon
22 Woody Allen feat: Al Jolson / The Vitaphone Orchestra 01:54 Amazon
23 Woody Allen feat: Bix Beiderbecke / Frankie Trumbauer 02:59 Amazon
24 Woody Allen feat: Bunny Berigan / Bill Holiday / Artie Shaw 02:51 Amazon
25 Carmen Cavallaro 02:56 Amazon
26 NBC Symphony Orchestra 03:20 Amazon
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