- Mannix (1967) [TV Series]
"Le Concert a Paris" (A Concert In Paris - April 23, 2007)Promotional Release
Released: January 1, 2010
Format: CD (73 min)
4 / 5 Stars
Schfrin's first love of jazz injects the music here with an unmistakable sense of cool and sets up a groove that is carries from piece to piece on the CD. It's not the be-bop, fusion, or the real hokey jazz that most people associate with the style, but more of a cool lounge sensibility about it. Most of the music is similar in some respects to the underscore present in many of the Mission: Impossible television episodes, fitting the time (the 1960s) and the type of person (private detective) in the show. As mentioned in the liner notes, and definitely noticeable by any music aficionado, is the odd shuffle/waltz rhythm used for the main theme (appearing in a long and short for on the CD). Being a former trumpet player, I also like the use of the small brass section to give the theme just the right punch without overbearing it, all around cool.
The CD has a good selection on themes, keeping the length of the overall CD just about right, actually wishing there was more music. One piece I think could have been omitted was the bonus track, "Mannix Mixdown," a 90s-a-fied version of the Mannix theme, over synthesized and just plain ruined. Being a purist, I may sound a bit harsh, but after the other 95% being great, this last 5% just makes you wonder why? Anyhow, you can program that out of your usual playing of this great CD, Schfrin fan or not.
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