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Jazz recordings of television themes

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Homeland used a performance by Tomasz Stanko as its theme in some seasons.

Theme from the Avengers -- Laurie Johnson Orchestra; original theme was by John Dankworth, but the one by Laurie Johnson is the one I remember

It looks like Brother Jack McDuff and Lalo Schifrin, among others, recorded the theme from Mannix.

 

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Vince Guaraldi did some theme music for a few animated TV specials about some kids and a dog.  Maybe those recordings are still available somewhere.;)

Gary Burton recorded the theme to "Frasier" on his Gary Burton & Friends CD on Concord.

I like Ahmad Jamal's version of "Theme From M*A*S*H"

There was Dave Brubeck's theme to the short-lived Craig Stevens show,  "Mr. Broadway".

And this CD

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is a reissue of this LP

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with lots of late 50's, early 60's TV themes.  (Geez and they misspelled Ms. McPartland's name!)

And there's this CD, which might seem a bit smooth for some, but I enjoyed it.  It includes such players as Randy Brecker, Kim Waters, Eric Alexander, Dave Samuels and Chuck Loeb.

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(I love the Dan Quayle approved spelling on the cover, too!)

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Speaking of the Spiderman theme, I have a Woody Shaw Muse recording of it.

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10 minutes ago, GA Russell said:

Speaking of the Spiderman theme, I have a Woody Shaw Muse recording of it.

 

AH! I knew there was onee, I kept thinking Freddy McCoy, but his tune had nothing to do with a tv shw, jsut the comic book character.

 

 

1 hour ago, duaneiac said:

There was Dave Brubeck's theme to the short-lived Craig Stevens show,  "Mr. Broadway".

Indeed! And covered by Oliver Nelson!

 

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I think Jazz Wax has done a couple of columns on the topic but I couldn’t find them. 

Edited by Brad

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I have an obscurity for you: Jimmy Rowles recorded Branislaw Kaper's "Theme From Arrest & Trial" (an early 1960s lawyer drama, i only remember the promos for it back then). It is on his Kokopelli CD Lilac Time.

 

Of course, Clark Terry recorded "Meet the Flinstones" several times....

 

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Did you guys break into my record room?  This is my entire collection.

If you're going to play Mannix, you may as well play the original by Lalo. 

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I always liked this track with a dandy arrangement which fits Ms. Lee like a glove.

 

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On ‎10‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 8:34 PM, GA Russell said:

Speaking of the Spiderman theme, I have a Woody Shaw Muse recording of it.

Forgot about that one.  He also covered the Woody Woodpecker theme too (which I hadn't forgotten!) -- also on Muse, iirc.

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53 minutes ago, duaneiac said:

And you can't forget the TV commercials --

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Good idea, except

Lee Morgan's sidewinder (I mean his BN recording) is very frequently used in ads, gardening and cookery TV programmes (over here, anyway) so, would ANY other version count? Answer in 2 letters please.

MG

MG

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YS

Dig how there's no credits for lyrics, so full money to Lee! And yet lyrics!

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Don't know if this is too late but I just remembered the Theme from Gurney Slade - a TV series starring a young Tony Newley, which had this Max Harris cut as its theme

 

MG

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Gurney Slade? - I drive through there quite often. :D

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Hey MG, I did the show last week (and will soon post a link to the online version), but a sequel is definitely in the works, as is an episode devoted solely to crime-jazz TV themes.

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