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October 02, 2011

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Jeff Sultanof

Uan Rasey was one of the reasons that the MGM studio orchestra was the best in Hollywood, and one of the finest ensembles in the world. It produced some of the most gorgeous sounds to be heard in motion pictures, especially when Conrad Salinger and Skip Martin wrote the music. What a pity you didn't get to speak with Rasey at length.

Ron W

Johnny Winter was very close to Muddy Waters and helped elevate Muddy's career in the 1970s and undoubtedly heard Muddy perform Got My Mojo Workin' often when they toured together.

keith hedger

Marc,
Thanks for the piece on Uan Rasey...I would have liked to have seen the interview. Chinatown is among my favorite films and scores too....

keith

Ralph A. Miriello

Marc: Too bad you didn't get a chance to do the interview with Uan. I am sure it would have informative. I found out about his role on the beautiful "Chinatown" theme when I did some research for a a review of trumpeter Nicholas Payton's fine album "Into the Blue" from 2008. He does an equally gorgeous version of the theme and in my mind pays the highest compliment to Uan's work with his own moving perfomance. All the best.
Ralph

Gordon Sapsed

Less well known than the "Chinatown" Maintitle is Uan Rasey's solo on the Main Title of "Two For The Seesaw" - an Andre Previn score. That can be seen on youTube ( indeed the whole film can be seen, in umpteen parts there.)

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