This was definitely recorded "hot," but it doesn't take away from Shaw's brilliance. Some in-the-zone trumpet playing on this set. For Woody Shaw fans it's a must-have. I actually bought it for Carlos Garnett, but it's Shaw I can't stop listening to. His chops are in peak form.
It's such a powerful film score -- and a PERFECT marriage of images and music.
Many years ago, I saw Vertigo at the Fox Theater in downtown Atlanta. Man, the movie is just SO MUCH better on a huge screen. I'd probably seen it five or six times before, but it was like seeing a different movie in the theater. It was ten times more hallucinatory and creepy and dream-like.
At the end of the movie, when Jimmy Stewart's and Kim Novak's character are at top of the tower and the nun POPS UP, I just about jumped out of my seat! Even though I knew it was about to happen, it was still terrifying. No wonder Kim Novak's character jumped!!!