Music from Odds Against Tomorrow

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Music from Odds Against Tomorrow
Music from Odds Against Tomorrow.jpg
Soundtrack album by Modern Jazz Quartet
Released 1959
Recorded October 9 & 10, 1959; Olmsted Sound Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 32:12
Label United Artists
UAL 4063, 4072, 5072
Modern Jazz Quartet chronology
Music from Odds Against Tomorrow
European Concert
(1960)European Concert1960
Milt Jackson chronology
(1959) Pyramid1959
Music from Odds Against Tomorrow
(1959) Music from Odds Against Tomorrow1959
(1960-61) VibrationsString Module Error: Match not found
Patterns cover
MJQ Patterns.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Music from Odds Against Tomorrow (also released as Patterns) is an album by American jazz group the Modern Jazz Quartet featuring interpretations of the soundtrack score for the 1959 motion picture Odds Against Tomorrow. It was released on United Artists Records, the label that the films' production company United Artists just founded two years earlier for its film soundtracks.[2] The album was recorded with the Modern Jazz Quartet and a 22-piece orchestra.[3]

Pianist John Lewis wrote and arranged the original score. Although he had already written music for No Sun in Venice, this was the first time Lewis—given early 16 mm film proofs—composed along the story-line rather than delivering “a set of isolated pieces”.[3] Gunther Schuller, who organized the orchestra for the original soundtrack recordings, noticed that “it can serve its purpose in the film. But it can also stand as absolute music apart from the original situation.”[3]


The Allmusic review states "all of the selections have their memorable moments and it is good to hear this classic unit playing such fresh material".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by John Lewis

  1. "Skating in Central Park" - 6:07
  2. "No Happiness for Slater" - 5:18
  3. "A Social Call" - 4:45
  4. "Cue No. 9" - 5:00
  5. "A Cold Wind Is Blowing" - 7:29
  6. "Odds Against Tomorrow" - 3:33



  1. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed May 29, 2012
  2. ^ Modern Jazz Quartet discography accessed September 1, 2012
  3. ^ a b c Liner notes for the british issue of Patterns (United Artists/EMI ULP 1111, after 1963)