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Anatomy of a Murder
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  • Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano, celeste); Russell Procope (alto saxophone, clarinet); Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone); Shorty Baker, Clark Terry, Ray Nance, William "Cat" Anderson (trumpet); John Sanders, Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman (trombone); Billy Strayhorn (piano); Jimmy Woode (bass); Jimmy Johnson (drums).
  • Producer: Irving Townsend.
  • Reissue producer: Phil Schaap.
  • Includes liner notes by Irving Townsend, Wynton Marsalis and Phil Schaap.
  • Digitally remastered by Debra Parkinson (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).
  • This was Duke Ellington's first film score, undertaken at the urging of Anatomy of a Murder's director, Otto Preminger. The full range of the composer's previous work was brought to bear on this 1959 work. Ellington was a natural choice to convey the rich and varied emotional moods of this drama. Tension and release, danger and safety, movement and stillness, darkness and light; the textural palette that was Ellington's signature was always compellingly cinematic.
  • In these orchestral settings, Duke's soloists (Cat Anderson, Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, and others) shine, as their playing reflects true variations on a theme in a classical sense. That's not to say that this set doesn't swing, too -- "Happy Anatomy" is a short but fully cranked gallop. This is an album of rich variety and evocative writing. ~ Rovi Staff
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.36) - Ranked #44 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...Sometimes brassy, sometimes lurid, always brilliant..."

Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.64) - Included in Mojo's "100 Coolest Movie Soundtracks" - "...The compositions underline every on-screen moment yet breathe in an environment well away from the front stalls..."
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