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.
It’s night, when the city is at its best. To the brassy, aggressive strains of a jazz anthem composed by Elmer Bernstein, our point of view drifts through the glorious, desperate chaos of New York at night. Men in suits, women in cocktail dresses, stumbling into and out of nightclubs, into and out of cabs. Those who want to be seen, those who want to see. Movers, shakers, power players, hustlers, hyenas. The kings and queens, the wannabes, the has-beens, the never-will-bes.