The Making of "Alfie" (Part 2) - JazzWax

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February 23, 2010


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Nick Rossi

A very interesting read, as always, Marc. A slight addendum/correction to the Rollins clip you included. The Oliver Nelson-arranged recording was in truth "music from the score" rather than a true soundtrack. The latter (all 11 minutes of it!) was recorded by Rollins in London near the end of October 1965 with a line-up of Britain's best - including Ronnie Scott, Phil Seamen, Tubby Hayes, and others. These are the musicians one hears in the film. Whether there was not enough music recorded to fill 2 sides of an LP or if Rollins was dissatisfied with the results is not a question for me to answer. Regardless the soundtrack has never been officially released. More discographical detail is here is anyone is interested:

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