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7 Nov 2005 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2004
  • Label: Silva Screen Records
  • Copyright: 2003 Silva Screen Records
  • Total Length: 1:12:20
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  • ASIN: B0023BERTE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,857 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Phillips on 14 Mar 2005
Format: Audio CD
The album is fantastic, the brass are a tight section, they can be easily seconded by Jools Holland's brass section but not easily topped by many others i've heard. The rhythm and imparticular the bass and drums keep the band together but offer a side interest in many of the peices with some tasteful and subtle drumming hiding in solos etc. The downfall of this band is the name: National Youth Jazz Orchestra is a little white lie as most players did start off playing with them when younger (17/18)but they are now in their twenties and the band is unwillingly to let these go, and replace them with a fresher and rawer selection of players for the sake of their reputation.
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By FilmBuff on 13 Oct 2011
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I was really surprised how good this album is. It contains a a diverse collection of jazz themed movie music, from the pounding beat of Lalo Schifrin's scores for "BULLITT" and the "DIRTY HARRY" thrillers, to the darkest of film noir with Henry Mancini's sleazy theme for TOUCH OF EVIL" : From crime films "THE GAUNTLET" and "THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1-2-3" to the whimsical scores of Dudley Moore ("BEDAZZLED" & "THIRTY IS DANGEROUS AGE, CYNTHIA"),the outright farce of "WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?" and Quincy Jones' Soul Bossa Nova from "AUSTIN POWERS", to the brassy scores of Elmer Bernstein ("THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM" & "A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE". Also included is music from "CINDERELLA LIBERTY" and "MODESTY BLAISE".

The arrangements are superb,especially the suite from "BULLITT", which, in my opinion sounds even better than Lalo Schifrin's own re-recordings of the music with the WDR Big Band, The musicianship is excellent, and while The National Youth Jazz Orchestra may not be comprised solely of teenagers, the members are no older than most boy bands, with still makes them comparatively young compared to the established orchestras In fact I'd say these musicians have far more talent than the likes of chart "bands" and the manufactured musical monstrosities a la "X-Factor".

All in all, well worth purchasing if you like jazz orientated film music. This is one album I've played repeatedly since I bought it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
an interesting but slightly uneven compilation of movie music . . . 26 Jun 2010
By trebe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This compilation of jazz, includes a variety of styles and moods. The music is drawn from films from the mid 1950's, all the way up to 1997's Austin Powers, with the emphasis more on the first half of this 42 year span. The music is mostly upbeat, with the production mostly on the soft side, where instruments generally do not blare, or slice through sharply. It is an enjoyable listen, but the arrangements seem to lack edginess. The National Youth Jazz Orchestra is based in London, and despite the name, the group is an ensemble of professional musicians, with substantial experience. The CD comes with extensive liner notes, with background information about the music, and the films they came from.

Modesty Blaise (1966): Although the horns could be stronger in the mix, and the solo could have been more inspired, this is a nice upbeat version of John Dankworth's main theme.

Suite From Bullit (1968): A compilation piece that joins Lalo Shifrin's main theme, with other cues from the Steve McQueen crime thriller. The piece loses energy after it transitions to the second section, but manages to come back forcefully, before moving into the free-flowing and improvisational third section.

Touch of Evil (1958): With that classic Mancini sound, this Latin flavored number takes you somewhere romantic south of the border.

Cinderella Liberty (1973): A beautiful piece by John Williams that seems to evoke the emotions and feelings of being in a big city.

Dudley Moore Tribute: Moore was a skilled composer and musician, providing the music for several films. Featured here are themes from Bedazzled (1967) and Thirty Is A Dangerous Age Cynthia (1968). This is a meandering improvisational composition, featuring piano, guitar and sax, that is a bit hard to get a handle on.

The Gauntlet (1977): Jerry Fielding's theme is slow traditional jazz with a bayou flavor, and stands out from the rest of the album. It's fine as a change of pace, but seems out of place in this collection.

The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3 (1974): Menacing and rumbling along with to a swinging mechanical beat, this version of David Shire's theme goes on long enough to get a little repetitious, but still manages to retain most of its initial energy.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988): Light and somewhat aimless, Alan Silvestri's theme, like The Gauntlet, seems a little out of place.

Man With The Golden Arm (1955): This is the earliest film in the collection. Elmer Bernstein is a composer who is not that well known today. Favoring bold brass and percussion, it takes a little while for this tune to hit its stride.

Walk On The Wild Side (1962): More of Bernstein, this is version has perhaps a more modern sound than what is commonly associated with his work. Like his previous selection, this one features an improvisational section that seems an odd fit. Neither tune is outstanding, so it might have been better to have chosen just one tune from the composer.

Dirty Harry Suite: Versatile Lalo Schifrin provided the music for all five Dirty Harry films. Although the music from each is very different, this composition does a pretty good of job stitching the main themes from Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, and Sudden Impact. The result is not particularly cohesive, but it's still an interesting listen.

Austin Powers (Soul Bossa Nova) (1997): A perfectly shagalicious version, but this tune is so recent compared to the others that it does not quite seen to fit.

Overall, this is a good collection, but there are a few selections that are not that great. A little more diversity in the composers would have been nice, as Schifrin and Bernstein are represented twice. Narrowing the forty year span, might have been a good idea, as beyond being just being jazz tunes, the compilation does not have a cohesive theme. The modern treatments given to the older numbers, kind of gives the collection a more unified sound. The tone seems rather soft, without a lot of aggression. The arrangements are on the conservative side, leaning towards easy listening, much more tame than the Crime Jazz collections, which have a richer production, and a sharper edge. Those really into movie themes with a jazz flavor, might want to investigate these albums.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Silva sends vibes with National Youth Jazz Orchestra" 9 Mar 2004
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Silva America presents some great jazz with "Jazz In Film", featuring some of the best cues ever to grace filmland via The National Youth Jazz Orchestra ~ recorded on the 2nd and 3rd of September 2003 by Mike Ross at the Sony Studios in London ~ covering fifty years and produced by Rick Clark, who just happens to have a keen eye for what the film score and jazz buffs crave...music we can certainly dig!
Featuring wonderful jazz compositions ~ "MODESTY BLAISE" (1966) (John Dankworth), "SUITE FROM BULLITT" (1968) (Lalo Schifrin), "TOUCH OF EVIL" 1958) (Henry Mancini-my favorite composer of all time, he set standards for the rest to follow), "CINDERELLA LIBERTY" (1973) (John Williams), "DUDLEY MOORE TRIBUTE" (1935-2002) (music of Dudley Moore), "THE GAUNTLET" (1973) (Jerry Felding), "THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3" (1974) (David Shire), "WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?" (1988) (Alan Silvestri), "THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM" (1955) (Elmer Bernstein), "WALK ON THE WILD SIDE" (1962) (Elmer Bernstein), "DIRTY HARRY" (1971-83) (Lalo Schifrin) and "AUSTIN POWERS SOUL BOSSA NOVA" (1997) (Quincy Jones/George S. Clinton) ~ top notch arrangements give this album high marks. Every young musician contributes with brilliant brass and over the top solo performances ~ can Silva and Rick Clark have a volume two up their sleeve...gotta love it!
Total Time: 72:28 on 12 Tracks ~ Silva 1159 ~ (3/09/2004)
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