My CD arrived during the week, but I haven't played it yet. It's a cardboard digi-pak, for those who are upset by such things. Pressed CD though. No booklet, but a fold out poster with all the credits/track info on the other side. Looks very nice. I'll chime back when it's been spun.
This CD is a really nice, chilled, laid-back listen. Cool background music for a dinner party or small, social drinks get-together. The Jazz-Offs (when the sax, trumpet, piano or bass ad-lib the melody or go off on a tangent) are well saddled alongside the symphony orchestra and don't stray too far away from the main melody (well, most times*). I absolutely LOVE the BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY rendition. Love at first play, that was. I wasn't as bowled over by GRAN TORINO, the Eastwood/Cullum/Niehaus score I really like otherwise. Not being the biggest 'jazzer' in the world, I'm surprised by how well I've taken to these versions. Maybe that's because they're not really 'out OUT there' jazz, more 'Hooked On Jazz-ics'. My only slight (sad) regret with the album, is that there isn't anything by Jerry Fielding represented. OUTLAW JOSEY WALES or (more jazz-likely) THE ENFORCER/THE GAUNTLET would have been fitting. Never mind, it's still a fun album and a great tribute.
*the 8 minute EIGER SANCTION is probably the most 'Fast Show/Jazz Club' in that regard.
I must have dozed off before the end of the CD last night (I would guess through FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS) cos I'm only hearing A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (Mega Jazz Mix) right now for the first time. And it's Jazzy J and the Jazz Club Baby!! Up there with EIGER SANCTION.
And I'm wearing those sunglasses indoors
Ain't got a Scooby about the 10' either Jim. Weird there's no track list/details or info on the book.