Andrew Green: Narrow Margin/Taxi Driver


Narrow Margin/Taxi Driver


Andrew Green (guitar)


Narrow Margin (Microphonic Records)

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Andrew Green (guitar), Bill McHenry (tenor sax), Russ Johnson (trumpet), JC Sanford (trombone), John Hebert (bass), Mark Ferber (drums), Benny Cha Cha (wurlitzer piano).

“Narrow Margin” composed by Andrew Green. “Taxi Driver” composed by Bernard Herrmann


Recorded: Park West Studios, Brooklyn, New York, September 27 and 28, 2007


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Now this is just a terrific juxtaposition. Andrew Green weaves his tense and suspense-laden workout around the brooding jazz-noir of Bernard Herrmann's theme from the film Taxi Driver. Thinking back to the nervous energy that was a major underpinning to the film, the association that developed between jazz after midnight and chilling violence was difficult to ignore and quite long-lasting. Green brings back those feelings, managing to amplify them along the way. The edgy, start & stop unison lines set up the vibe. A minute or so in, Bill McHenry's sax enters in the call and response role. Tension builds until the main theme is introduced, which quickly gives way to a series of ascending rhythmic and melodic swells that pave the way for the appearance of “Taxi Driver” and the dark world of Travis Bickle. Subsequent transitions between Green's work and the original theme become so natural that it's easy to forget that Mr. Herrmann had no direct hand in this structure. Really great & evocative stuff.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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