Henry Mancini: Peter Gunn
The Music from Peter Gunn (Buddha 7446599610 2)
20-piece band featuring Ronnie Lang or Ted Nash (alto sax), Bob Bain and/or Al Hendrickson (guitar).
Composed by Henry Mancini.
Recorded: Hollywood, August 26, 1958.
Rating: 80/100 (learn more)
For TV's hip private eye Peter Gunn (1958-1961), its producer demanded a “distinctive element to invest the series with something extra.” Enter the Klepto Kingpin of Crime Jazz, composer Henry Mancini. Just as Willie Sutton robbed banks because "that's where the money was," Mancini pilfered jazzmen such as Count Basie because he saw dollar $igns. For the show's theme, Mancini also filched Claude Thornhill's French horns and rock 'n' roller Duane Eddy's twangy guitar. In turn, Eddy himself had a hit cover of this tune, but for a truly smoking "Gunn," check out blues-rocker Roy Buchanan's six-string live-wire act.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz