Sunday, July 31, 2022

VA - Completely Jazz...Noir! [2018] (3 x CD's)



VA - Completely Jazz...Noir! [2018] (3 x CD's)

Few genres of cinema are as striking and iconic as Film Noir. A dangerous cocktail of crime, gangsters and femme fatales, the music that accompanied the pictures was just as devastatingly beautiful. Composers such as Henry Mancini, Alex North & Duke Ellington guide you through darkly lit bars and hazy streets on this 3-disc set.   This 3-CD set is a well-curated set of some of the best, mood-setting crime jazz out there. It's an outstanding set, regardless of the rock-bottom price. For the money, it's a definite "must own". There are no liner notes (which is part of the reason I still try to buy actual CDs versus digital downloads), but the digipack is well put-together. Many of the best performers of the era are represented here on studio recordings, some of them create a special mood of classical jazz noir sound. (Amazon)

A great collection, which will please all fans of this genre, covers the jazz scene of several decades at once. For those who want to enjoy jazz noir from its very origins to more modern recordings, this disc is a must to listen to.






Track lists


01 Henry Mancini Peter Gunn 2:05

02 Warren Barker Caper At The Coffee House 2:07

03 Elmer Bernstein The Street 2:39

04 Alex North French Quarter 2:21

05 Buddy Morrow Night Train 3:06

06 Duke Ellington Upper And Outest 2:17

07 Miles Davis Generique 2:46

08 Elmer Bernstein Clark Street 4:52

09 Henry Mancini The Boss 1:03

10 John Barry The Offbeat 1:31

11 Leith Stevens' All Stars Bewildered 2:32

12 Elmer Bernstein Audition 2:39

13 Philip Green Orchestra Overture 1:46

14 John Lewis Odds Against Tomorrow (Main Theme) 3:22

15 Skip Martin Hammer Blow 2:47

16 Martial Solal A Bout De Souffle 4:06

17 Lalo Schifrin Cubano Be 3:11

18 Johnny Mandel I Want To Live (Main Theme) 1:18

19 Kenyon Hopkins Stop And Go (Main Theme) 1:52

20 Leith Stevens Toss Me A Scalpel 2:54


01 Duke Ellington Harlem Nocturne 2:50

02 Buddy Morrow Staccato's Theme 2:56

03 Alex North Four Deuces 3:03

04 Leith Stevens' All Stars Daddy Long Legs 3:43

05 Henry Mancini Touch Of Evil (Main Title) 3:27

06 Stan Kenton Taunting Scene 3:50

07 Elmer Bernstein The Fix 3:31

08 Kenyon Hopkins The Strange One (Main Title) 1:18

09 Chico Hamilton Quartet Night Beat 2:15

10 Leith Stevens' All Stars Havana Interlude 4:05

11 John Barry The City 2000 Ad 2:22

12 Elmer Bernstein Frankie Machine 4:56

13 John Lewis Looking At The Caper 1:58

14 Martial Solal La Mort, Pt.1 2:05

15 Lalo Schifrin Kush 6:11

16 Miles Davis Sur I'autoroute 2:41

17 Krzysztof Komeda Ballad For Bernt 2:05

18 Warren Barker Late At Bailey's Pad 2:52

19 Philip Green Orchestra Wingate's Spot 4:08

20 Adolph Deutsch Lonely Room 3:07


01 Alex North A Streetcar Named Desire (Main Theme) 1:22

02 Henry Mancini Background For Murder 7:15

03 Dizzy Gillespie All The Things You Are 2:46

04 Chico Hamilton Quartet Sidney's Theme 1:50

05 Duke Ellington Anatomy Of A Murder (Main Theme) 3:54

06 Ralph Marterie The Thin Man 1:38

07 John Barry Car Chase Night Chase 2:30

08 Krzysztof Komeda Roman Ii 5:55

09 Lalo Schifrin Mount Olive 4:35

10 Leith Stevens' All Stars Rebel At Work 1:35

11 John Lewis The Impractical Man 2:59

12 Martial Solal Campagne-Premiere 1:52

13 Elmer Bernstein Breakup (Flight Louie's Burlesque) 3:39

14 Philip Green Orchestra Skin Fever 1:58

15 Kai Winding Experiment In Terror 2:19

16 Warren Barker 77 Sunset Strip Cha Cha 2:03

17 Miklós Rózsa The Asphalt Jungle (Main Theme) 3:15

18 Ray Anthony Pete Kelly's Blues (Main Theme) 3:11

19 Art Blakey No Hay Problema 4:32

20 Leith Stevens' All Stars Private Hell 36 3:17




  1. As always many thanks Butterboy for these excellent Jazz comps.

  2. Many thanks, BB - enjoying your Jazz Domingo offerings.

  3. This is a real treat. Thanks, Butterboy!

    1. Thank you, djmcblues2.
      Enjoy these sounds.

  4. Brilliant post!!! Thanks a lot! Cheers

    1. Enjoy, Il Commendatore.
      That is why I share.

  5. Thanks as always for so many wonderful posts. Is there a problem with Hammer Blow (track 15 on disc 1) or does the little skip I hear exist in in the disc?

    1. Hi ronzoni.
      Thats disappointing. I just played it and sounds OX except, if anything, it jumps in a little fast at the start.
      Here is a new version. which is better. You can replace this track.

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    3. Hi BB - thanks for the replacement, which takes care of the problem for that track but upon a further listen I hear the same thing (to varying degrees) on various tracks over all three discs. It's like a skip, jump or interruption of signal at the very beginning. Other tracks similarly affected include #17,18 and 19 on disc 3, as well as 7,11,18 on disc 2, and 3,5,7,10,19 and 20 on disc 1. I even tried downloading again on a different browser but to no avail and I also downloaded a different one of your offerings with no similar issue. Maybe if you download it you'll hear the same thing I do? I'm sorry to be a bother about this and once again, thank you.

    4. Hi Ronzoni.
      It must be an error with my transfer.
      Let me fix it over the next few days and I will resend a new set.

    5. Hi Ronzoni.
      I have created a new link. Please try again.
      Let me know if you still have issues.
      I have listened to this set all morning and have not experienced an issue.

  6. Hi Butterboy,
    Do you have any new valid links?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi jvced2k,
      New links established, tested and working.