dark sedan cruising at night through the seedy streets
of Skid Row ... a beautiful woman in a gown and fur coat
disappearing into an alleyway ... these are the sin-city
images that the music of the Matthew Herbert Big Band
creates in the opening segment of this haunting album
of pieces from modern film noirs. While some are familiar
and expected (Bernard Hermann's "Taxi Driver"
and "The Wrong Man"), others are from U.S. and
foreign films not identified. Eddie Muller, San Francisco's
expert on Hollywood noir, has written an alluring introduction
pointing out the new trends in contemporary noir music
as opposed to the Miklos Rozsa age, but still giving credit
to those represented here: Howard Shore, John Morris,
Terence Blanchard, Pino Donaggio, Angelo Badalamenti and
others. Jazzy and dark ... sax and violence projected
into a dangerous night."
John Stanley, S.F. Chronicle
Music to Accompany Your Sleepless Nights
A recent collaboration with Milan Entertainment, in which
Eddie provided consultation, artwork, and liner notes for
an evocative CD collection of soundtrack instrumentals from
recent neo-noir filmsand some classics.
Includes haunting pieces by Terence Blanchard, Angelo Badalamenti,
Bernard Herrmann, Ornette Coleman, John Ottman, Joe Hisaishi,
and many more.
sample tracks and buy at Amazon.