Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Gerry Mulligan & Johnny Mandel - I Want to Live

Baritonist Gerry Mulligan and a group of West Coast all-stars were heard throughout the soundtrack of the Susan Hayward movie I Want to Live. Although not a soundtrack, this LP features six themes from the movie (all composed by Johnny Mandel) performed by the same musicians, who this time around get an opportunity to really stretch out. Since the band is comprised of Mulligan, trumpeter Art Farmer, altoist Bud Shank, trombonist Frank Rossolino, pianist Pete Jolly, bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Shelly Manne, virtually all of the music is quite interesting with plenty of fine solos and hard-swinging
Scott Yanow

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Gerry Mulligan
I Want to Live
(The Jazz Combo)


1 Black Nightgown 3:33
2 Theme From "I Want to Live !" 6:53
3 Night Watch 3:54
4 Frisco Club 4:42
5 Barbara's Theme 4:38
6 Life's A Funny Thing 5:12
7 Bread and Wine* 4:11
8 Things are Looking Down* 5:37
9 Raising Caen* 3:04

*Bonus tracks
From the soundtrack of the film
The Subterraneans
All compositions by Johnny Mandel
(Except 7-9 by André Previn)

Johnny Mandel's
Great Jazz Score
I Want to Live
(The Film Soundtrack)


10 Main Title 1:21
12 Poker Game 1:36
13 San Diego Party 4:08
14 Henry Leaves 1:39
15 Stakeout 4:01
16 Barbara Surrenders 2:05
16 Trio Convicted 1:11
17 Trip to Corona 1:28
18 Peg's Visit 2:36
19 Gas Chamber Unveiling 1:03
20 Nightmare Sequence 1:08
21 Preparations for Execution 2:50
22 Letter Writing Sequence 1:25
23 The Last Mile 1:48
24 Death Scene 1:04
25 End Title 0:56

All compositions by Johnny Mandel

Featuring Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Bud Shank, Russ Freeman, Frank Rosolino, Pete Jolly, Red Mitchell, Shelly Manne, Mel Lewis, Bob Enevoldsen, Buddy Clark, Art Pepper, etc...

Recorded in Los Angeles ; May 24, 1958 [# 1-6] ; Summer 1959 [# 7-9] ; and August 12 & 22, 1958 [# 10-25].

(See the complete artwork for all details)
Paralleling Henry Mancini's own late-'50s, West Coast jazz noir backdrop to the detective TV series Peter Gunn, Johnny Mandel's I Want to Live soundtrack works both as high-end mood music and swinging jazz. And while straight jazz workouts like "San Diego Party" are fine, the most intriguing cuts are those that seamlessly combine jazz, Latin percussion, and strains of Max Steiner's dramatically moody soundtracks; Mandel creates an especially provocative and calamitous mix of it on tracks like "Stakeout." And as far as murky ambience goes, he delivers some of the best (next to Mancini) with numbers like the subtly sinister "Preparations for Executions." Mandel further demonstrates his ease with a variety of forms on marriages of high and low art like the avant-garde classical and Las Vegas grind/lounge mix "Trio Convicted," the spookily claustrophobic "Gas Chamber Unveiling," and the into-the-light-of-day "Letter Writing Sequence." To help navigate the vast terrain, Mandel enlists a cadre of top West Coast players like trumpeter Jack Sheldon, trombonist Frank Rosolino, reed player Bill Holman, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Shelly Manne. And topping off Mandel's original score, Rykodisc has included Gerry Mulligan and Art Farmer's combo interpretations of a handful of Mandel's original themes from the movie (Mulligan and company appear in the movie's bar scenes). One of the best jazz-inspired soundtracks around.
Stephen Cook

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the doc said...

these are typically a bit'o'fun! thanks

blbs said...


grumpy said...

Hadn't heard the Mulligan for ages, forgotten how many of these compositions became a staple of the Concert Jazz Band repertoire.
Thanks again.

ita diegues said...

Gracias Melanchthon.

Anonymous said...

I had no idea they'd put this package together. Many thanks. I Want To Live could be found many years ago in single and double-disc editions in the vinyl era, but the two-disc gatefold copy was the one to have. Glad they've resurrected the entire package.

troods said...

Love the movie, can't wait to revisit the sounds. Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

The film was a daring attempt to thematize the injustice and inhumanity of death penalty, and the jazz - as played there by a small band and a big band -, is simply superb. That's exactly how jazz should be used in a film.

It's unfortunate that you can find only a handful of US-American film soundtracks like this: "The Man With The Golden Arm" (1955) with Shorty Rogers & Elmer Bernstein, "The Big Combo" (1955), music by David Raskin, "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud" (1958), a French film of course, but with Miles, "Odds Against Tomorrow" (1959) music by John Lewis, "Anatomy Of A Murder" (1959), Duke Ellington, "Sweet Smell Of Success" (1959) with the Chico Hamilton quintet and Elmer Bernstein, and - as sort of "remembrance" of what could have been still possible -, the unknown drama "Sweet Love, Bitter" (1967), with Mal Waldron's music.

Freddie Redd's "The Connection" from 1962 (on Blue Note) doesn't count really, because it's merely a filmed stage play, not a movie as such.

The others, like "Bell, Book & Candle" (1958), with the Candoli Brothers playing George Duning's witty score, "Rat Race" (1960) also with Gerry Mulligan, music by Elmer Bernstein, or "The Subterraneans" (1960) with music by André Previn, again with Gerry Mulligan, these are cool and jazzy too, but not as groovy and hot as the score to "I Want To Live".

The best, regarding composition (!) and conception, is the one you posted. The music is, as at "Ascenseur", actually better than the plot.

swingingduck said...

This is one of the best Mulligan albums I've heard so far. Asolutely brilliant. And although I'm not too keen on big band jazz, I must admit that the Mandel's session is one of very few of that kind which appeals to me very much.
Thank you for giving me the oportunity to listen to such great music.

Cosmo Vitelli said...

Like Anonymous pal I find this J.Mandel score a simple masterpiece. Superbly played, ultra-cool, glittering as a different Anathomhy Of A Murder. I had this very, its first cd edition. It led me to Bud Shank and many West Coast Jazz wonders I did not know already.

rowgatien said...

Merci bien.

lcbriza said...

Thanks, Mel, for this sharing.

Anonymous said...

I was 14 the day I Want to Live opened in Montreal. On my way home from the theater I bought both the Mulligan and Mandel albums. I still have the Mulligan vinyl but lost the Mandel years ago. It's so great to have it again. Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow-looking for this one a long time-thanks

jazzlover said...

Nice line up,thank you Mel.

jazzlover said...

Nice line up,thank you Mel.

FrankDell said...

Wow! Incroyable. Merci, Monsieur Melanchthon.

Melanchthon said...


neil said...

Great to see two classic albums reuinited; many thanks, mel....

Tibau said...

Great.! Great.! Great.!
Thans Mel

TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!
Exactly...two classic e great album reunited!!!

stringbender said...

Very cool! Thanks Mel.

xxx said...

Thank You! Melanchthon.
I recollect watching the film 40 odd
years ago and being impressed with
the soundtrack at a time when I knew
very little about jazz or soundtracks
for that matter.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

rubberduck said...

Many thanks

Tzo said...

Great blog, some real gems here. I know this is an old post, but any chance of a re-up in zippyshare? Rapidshare doesn't work for me. Thanks

Tzo said...

Whoops! Nevermind. Found one on Amazon :)

Bhowani said...

Tank you,Mel. I missed it the first time. RS link is still alive !

jazzcat1228 said...

Great stuff. Thank you, Mel!

nzguy said...


Great blog. Would it be possible to provide a new download link for this. Rapidshare link doesn't appear to be working any longer.


Vinyl Record LP said...

Is there any chance of re-posting this link please

FootballRugby said...

You can find the album here