Following a lot of renewed interest in our exclusive Jazz in Polish Cinema box set title, we are very pleased to announce that the most popular title at Jazz on Film Records will be back in stock here at the website and in all recommended retail and online outlets from the start of April 2017. You are welcome to place your order now or later!
Reviews coming in now thick and fast for Jazz in Italian Cinema, Jazz on Film Record’s first venture into the world of vinyl. Among the plaudits was the leading Guardian, ex-Melody Maker journalist and Berlin Jazz festival programmer Richard Williams’ high praise last week in his popular thebluemoment.com blog. He begins: ‘The Jazz on Film series of compilations, curated with excellent taste and scrupulous attention to detail by Selwyn Harris, might be the best reissue programme since Hip-O Select’s Complete Motown Singles treasury…”
Read the rest of the piece here https://thebluemoment.com/2017/02/19/a-soundtrack-of-the-60s-italian-style/ and purchase your copy of the LP at this site for only £15.
Following a near full house launch event at the Barbican Cinema last week for the prestigious London Jazz Festival for a screening of the Italian rarely seen new wave classic L’assassino, Jazz on Film Records announces the new release of its specially annotated collector’s edition vinyl LP compilation ‘Jazz in Italian Cinema’.
Released on Friday 25th and distributed by Proper, the LP is now available to purchase on this website. Digital format with special inserts/notes pdfs coming very soon!
As well as high quality specialist jazz remastering and expert curation, the extensive, in-depth sleeve notes to Jazz in Italian Cinema traces the emergence of the jazz soundtrack in Italy through the late 1950s-60s and the crucial role it played in bringing jazz to the attention of a wider Italian public. The collection features some of the earliest jazz soundtracks in European cinema written by the ‘Big 3’ Italian film composers Piero Umiliani, Piero Piccioni and Armando Trovajoli as well as pioneering musicians such as Giorgio Gaslini, the MJQ’s John Lewis and Sandro Brugnolini. Brought together here for the first time are jazz soundtrack rarities that emerged out of the late 1950’s Golden Age of ‘Commedia All’Italiana’ through to the experimental early 1960’s arthouse cinema of film directors ranging from Elio Petri to the great Michelangelo Antonioni.
It’s an area of Italian jazz that’s had far less in the way of in-depth coverage than another ‘golden era’ in Italian ‘jazz on film’ covering a later period of the 1960-70s. Ranging from swing to the cool/hard bop of the late 1950s (Piero Umiliani’s pioneering comedy scores for I soliti ignoti and its sequel featuring Chet Baker’s exquisite trumpet solos) through to the expanded possibilities for jazz in the early 1960s in both modal and ‘third stream’ settings (including pianist Giorgio Gaslini’s Blues L’allalba from Antonioni’s La Notte and a piece from MJQ pianist John Lewis’ rarely heard chamber jazz score for A Milanese Story). But Jazz in Italian Cinema is much more than a collection of rarely heard soundtracks. Pressed on heavyweight 180gm vinyl with an elegant post-retro design, it also comes with an old school attitude to enlighten as well as entertain demonstrated by the extensive, in-depth back sleeve and insert notes written by Jazzwise film expert Selwyn Harris and Siena based jazz archivist/author Francesco Martinelli.
Jazz on Film Records is very thrilled to have a full feature based around its Jazz in Polish Cinema volume in this month’s legendary Sight & Sound Film Magazine written by Michael Brooke, film writer and author who hosted the boxset launch event at the Barbican Cinema at last month’s prestigious London Jazz Festival.
The Jazz in Polish Cinema box set received the maximum five star review in Downbeat Magazine in May 2015.
Brimming with dark-hued romanticism
Tickets are on sale now for a series of film events at The 2015 Reel Islington Festival including a screening of Andrzej Wajda’s classic Innocent Sorcerers (1960) on Sunday 1st March at 5pm.
The recent November release of Jazz on Film Records’ highly acclaimed ‘Jazz in Polish Cinema’ has meant it has missed some of the Best of 2014 charts compiled by critics in various publications, but cult soundtrack expert and Resonance DJ Jonny Trunk, in the new issue of Record Collector, has made the box set one of his best soundtrack releases of the year as well giving it a five star review.
There’s more genuinely enthusiastic praise in the December Issue of Shindig!, a magazine that covers the weird, hip and the wonderful in the popular music world.
Jazz on Film Records announces the official release on Monday 17th November of Jazz in Polish Cinema following a successful launch on Saturday at the London Jazz Festival that included an introduction by the box set producer Selwyn Harris and a brilliant short ‘live’ solo piano set by the leading young Polish pianist Marcin Masecki, his personal interpretations of a selection of soundtrack themes by Krzysztof Komeda on the box (from Le Depart, Innocent Sorcerers and Knife in the Water).
Date: November 15th, 3pm
Venue: Barbican Cinema
Screening: Roman Polanski’s Knife in the Water (see left)
Speakers: Selwyn Harris. Michael Brooke
Solo performance: Pianist Marcin Masecki