There are few moments more perfect than walking into a dimly lit old bar late at night and hearing a Billie Holiday song. “These Foolish Things” is practically custom made for sliding onto a stool and ordering an Old Fashioned as you prop your elbows up on the bar and think about lost loves and life’s regrets.Few American artists seem to have captured the melancholy of 2am quite like the woman who would become known as Lady Day.
Crime film was one of the first cinematic styles to integrate jazz into the score. It made sense, after all, for a genre so tied to nightlife, to the streets, to after-hours clubs, and above all, to a certain mood and atmosphere, to tap into such a moody style of music. Compiled by Jazzwise writer and "cinematic jazz" aficionado Selwyn Harris and released by Jason Lee Lazell's boutique label Moochin' About, Jazz on Film: Film Noir is a collection of some of the most interesting jazz noir scores.