The Music From The Connection (Freddie Redd Quartet)

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The Music From The Connection
The Connection soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedEarly April 1960[1]
RecordedFebruary 15, 1960
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
GenreHard bop
LabelBlue Note Records
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

The Music From "The Connection" is an album of music composed by jazz pianist Freddie Redd for Jack Gelber's 1959 play The Connection. This first recording of the music 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.[3] Redd recorded the score again later in 1960 as Music from the Connection.

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


Other performances that accompanied The Connection[edit]

Revised Cast, 1961[edit]

Original score, new cast

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 [4]

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 for his Blue Note release Dexter Calling... (1961).

Quote (from the liner notes to the Blue Note album): "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".[5]


  1. ^ Billboard Apr 18, 1960
  2. ^ Allmusic Review
  3. ^ Ira Gitler, Liner Notes to BN 4027
  4. ^ Douglas McLelland, Liner Notes to Cecil Payne release
  5. ^ Liner Notes to BN 4083