Another jazz artist who became a spectacular composer, arranger and conductor for the movies starting in the late 1950s is Johnny Mandel. His haunting love themes, sweeping strings and nocturnal horns were more brooding and jazz influenced than any other Hollywood arranger. Here are 10 of my favorite Johnny Mandel scores:Here's
the main theme from I Want to Live
(1957), with Gerry Mulligan on baritone saxophone...Here's Emily
from The Americanization of Emily
(1964)...Here's The Shadow of Your Smile
from The Sandpiper
(1965), with Jack Sheldon on trumpet...Here's Quietly There
(1966), with Ruth Price on vocal...Here's The Shining Sea
from The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming
(1966), with Irene Kral on vocal...Here's This Way to Heaven
from Point Blank
(1967)...Here's Suicide Is Painless
(1970)...Here's Sea Dawn
from The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
the main theme from Agatha
the main theme from Glengarry Glen Ross
(1992), with Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone...
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