Gerry Mulligan: Theme from I Want to Live!


Theme from I Want to Live!


Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax)


I Want to Live! Soundtrack (Ryko RCD 10743)

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Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax), Art Farmer (trumpet), Frank Rosolino (trombone), Bud Shank (flute), Pete Jolly (piano), Red Mitchell (bass), Shelly Manne (drums).

Composed by Johnny Mandel


Recorded: Hollywood, 1958


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

I Want to Live! (1958) is the true story of three lowlifes who, after murdering a disabled widow during a botched robbery, are executed in San Quentin's gas chamber. This intentionally ugly film about the sordid lives of revolting people in seamy settings is the cinematic equivalent of being dunked in a vat of slime for two squirmy hours. Moviegoers must've begged I Want to Leave! The only reprieve was an all-star jazz combo smokin' onscreen in a smoky Frisco bar and, for a standalone album, reprising the bluesy theme featuring Shank's atmospheric flute, Mitchell's lyrical bass and Mulligan's fulfilling baritone. Great jazz; grim movie.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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