The Connection (soundtrack)

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The Connection
Soundtrack album by The Freddie Redd Quartet
Released 1960
Recorded February 15, 1960
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre Hard bop
Label Blue Note Records
Alternate score
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Connection is an album of music composed for Jack Gelber's 1959 play of the same name by jazz pianist Freddie Redd which was released on the Blue Note label in 1960. It features performances by Redd, Jackie McLean, Michael Mattos, and Larry Ritchie.

Jack Gelber originally planned for the play to feature improvised music performed by jazz musicians who would also play small roles in the production. Freddie Redd however persuaded Gelber to include his original score.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Who Killed Cock Robin" - 5:21
  2. "Wigglin'" - 5:58
  3. "Music Forever" - 5:52
  4. "Time To Smile" - 6:24
  5. "(Theme for) Sister Salvation" - 4:43
  6. "Jim Dunn's Dilemma" - 5:37
  7. "O.D. (Overdose)" - 4:41
All compositions by Freddie Redd

Personnel[edit]

Other performances that accompanied The Connection[edit]

Revised Cast, 1961[edit]

Original score, new cast

Further information: The Music from the Connection

Touring Cast, 1961/62[edit]

Rewritten score by Cecil Payne and Kenny Drew, Conducted by Cecil Payne

Recorded 14, 15, 16 March 1962 - Charlie Parker Records PLP 806 [3]

L.A. Production[edit]

The score to accompany the L.A. production was performed by Dexter Gordon who later recorded several parts from the production on his 1961 Blue Note release Dexter Calling.

Quote (from the liner notes): "Soul Sister," the original that launches the first side is one of the themes Dexter wrote for the score of the Hollywood version of The Connection in which he had an acting, playing, and writing role; it is the equivalent of Freddie Redd's "(Theme for) Sister Salvation"... "I Want More", the significantly titled Gordon theme that closes the first side, is the West Coast equivalent of "O.D. (Overdose)"... "Ernie's Theme", is the last of the three themes on this LP from Dexter's Connection score. It parallels "Music Forever".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Ira Gitler, Liner Notes to BN 4027
  3. ^ Douglas McLelland, Liner Notes to Cecil Payne release
  4. ^ Liner Notes to BN 4083