Various artists
French New Wave: Original Remastered Jazz on Film Recordings 1957-62
Jazz on Film Records (5-CDs) ****
The third film music box set in as many years, Jazz Noir and Beat Square and Cool were issued on the Moochin’ About imprint (the latter set reviewed here the format remains the same: with 5-CDs and a handsome booklet featuring well designed period photographs and fine explanatory notes written by the set’s producer, Selwyn Harris. The pick of the music without a doubt in my mind is Miles Davis’ score for Louis Malle’s Lift to the Scaffold. Yet there’s also something completely irresistible about music for a less well remembered film in Duke Jordan’s score performed by Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers for Roger Vadim’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Martial Solal’s score for À Bout de Souffle (Breathless) was at the heart of the French New Wave and as Harris notes: “It’s the sound of Godard turning conventions upside down.” A pivotal period in jazz within cinema history, successfully evoked. Stephen Graham
Released on 30 September