Released: Sep 2008
Carlos Franzetti keeps his seat at the piano but focuses on his orchestral writing for this tribute to jazz movie themes. He also leaves plenty of room for alto saxophonist Andy Fusco's solos. Only about half the movies featured are crime movies, though they often make for the highlights, from John Barry's sensual "Body Heat" and the barroom bop of Johnny Mandel's "I Want to Live" to Bernard Herrmann's brilliant "Taxi Driver." Franzetti strips away the orchestra for Herbie Hancock's "Still Time" (Round Midnight) and brings the strings back in for David Raksin's "The Bad and the Beautiful."