One of the first great soundtracks composed entirely by a jazz composer, Anatomy Of A Murder (directed by Otto "Mr. Freeze" Preminger) stands as one of the highlights of The Duke's distinguished career. Some jazz-heads might turn their noses up at this - it is only a soundtrack for a Hollywood movie, after all - but it stands as some of the finest music Duke & Co. have done, and as one of the best soundtracks EVER. Be amazed at the choral-like beauty & tenderness of "Sunswept Sunday" (not to mention the incredibly expressive clarinet soloing).
Kick your heels to the jaunty, brash & brassy "Happy Anatomy" and imagine you're at the end of your proverbial rope, discussing Kafka with Mike Hammer or Phillip Marlowe at some dive on Sunset Blvd. Whereas the original album was a little over a half-hour in length, reissue producer/DJ Phil Schapp brings us over an hour of singles, out-takes & dialogue. Ellington fans, film geeks (guilty on both counts), big-band jazz-hounds - do yourselves a favor & get this. You'll live to thank me.