This is not only a great LP but a key piece of jazz and pop music history.
Back in 1958, Peter Gunn was one of the unexpected hits of the new television
season, capturing the imagination of millions of viewers by mixing private eye
action with a jazz setting. Composer Henry Mancini was more than fluent in jazz,
and his music nailed down the popularity of the series. With the main title
theme, a driving, ominous, exciting piece of music to lead off the album, The
Music From Peter Gunn became a huge hit, charting extraordinarily high for a
television soundtrack and doing so well that RCA Victor came back the next year
asking for a second helping (More Music From Peter Gunn) from Mancini.
The music holds up: “Session At Pete’s Pad” is a superb workout for trumpets of
Pete Candoli, Uan Rasey, Conrad Gozzo and Frank Beach, while Barney Kessel’s
electric guitar gets the spotlight during “Dreamsville.” “Sorta Blue” and
“Fallout” are full-ensemble pieces that constitute quintessential “cool” West
Coast jazz of the period.
1. Peter Gunn
2. Sorta Blue
3. The Brothers Go to Mother's
5. Session at Pete's Pad
6. Soft Sounds
8. The Floater
9. Slow and Easy
10. A Profound Gass
11. Brief and Breezy
12. Not from Dixie