It was a cold and rainy night—the kind made for staying in with a glass of rye and a bad book. Outside, cars drove by slow and sloppy. Inside, the pink neon sign from the bar across the alley kissed the wall over and over, steady and insistent. Then came the knock at my email box. I turned to open the message and wound up face to face with the Crime Jazz guys. "We love ya past lists, but we thought youze ought to know about a few more ob-skewer ones," they said. After shoving the suggestions into my chest, they left.
Regular readers may recall that I posted previous lists of albums that celebrated TV and movie detectives of the late '50s and early '60s here and here. Below, I offer up a third list, courtesy of JazzWax readers Joe Fay and James Cimarusti. I have them all, and can say they are indeed terrific and worth owning:
- Richard Diamond—Pete Rugolo (1957)
- This World, Then the Fireworks—Pete Rugolo (1997)
- Checkmate—John Williams (1962)
- The Interns—Leith Stevens (1962)
- From Russia with Love—Si Zentner (1963)
JazzWax clip: Here's a taste of the Richard Diamond soundtrack...