TNC Jazz label recently released a CD called \"The Manne We Love: Gershwin Revisited\"
This CD has some big band arrangemnets by John Williams. I\'m not a big fan of Williams or movie music in general...BUT, when I heard these williams\' arrangements I felt \"This guy really can write music!!\" With most movie music I feel composers can\'t and don\'t really strut their musical abilities because the medium isn\'t totally music centered.
If you get this CD you may be pleasantly surprised, as I was, how much this Williams\' cat could write way before he was doing little minor 2nd ditties. (I was alos surprised to learn that Williams is/was an accomplished jazz pianist!!!!)
Below is a description of the CD...featuring some very great jazz musicians.
\"The Manne We Love: Gershwin Revisited\" (TNC Jazz Recordings) is a child of coincidence and consonance brought to maturity through a labor of love.
Houghton, a busy jazz educator who has recorded with the likes of Woody Herman, Diana Krall, Joe Henderson and Lyle Mays, had become enamored with a 1965 recording by the Shelly Manne Quintet of Gershwin songs, arranged for quintet and big band by renowned composer-conductor John Williams.
Houghton lusted for copies of Williams\' arrangements, when a chance contact with Manne\'s widow led to the discovery of the charts in a cabinet in her garage. \"It was like finding the Holy Grail,\" Houghton says in the liner notes.
Eventually, Houghton pulled together a quintet with alto saxophonist Dan Higgins, trumpeter Clay Jenkins, pianist Stefan Karlsson and bassist Lou Fischer and headed for the recording studio.
The group is abetted by the University of North Texas Two O\'Clock Lab Band in a resounding resurrection of Williams\' adventurous arrangements.