|Posted by Chiara CalÚ on January 13, 2019 at 9:45 AM|
This album brings together, so to speak, two of my favorite people: James Dean and Chet Baker.
This is the soundtrack to "The James Dean Story", an American biopic released in 1957, not long after Dean's car accident and subsequent demise.
The soundtrack was composed by Leith Stevens, best known for scoring the Marlon Brando classic "The Wild One".
The stars of this album are two musicians who were at the peak of their careers, back in 1957, much like James Dean was at the time of his premature death. These musicians are Chet Baker, who plays his trumpet ans sings a song, and Bud Shank playing alto saxophone and flute.
In this richly evocative album, bebop jazz is predominant.
The tracks sum up Dean's life story in no particular order.
It is a deeply melancholic album. Jimmy's spirit comes alive whenever I play it, usually in the evening.
A must-have for every James Dean and jazz fan.
1. "Jimmy's Theme"
2. "The Search"
3. "Lost Love"
5. "The Movie Star"
6. "Fairmount, Indiana"
7. "Rebel at Work"
8. "Success and Then What?"
9. "Let Me Be Loved"
11. "Let Me Be Loved" [Vocal Version - Chet Baker]
Recorded: November 8, 1956
Genre: jazz, soundtrack
Label: World Pacific Records
"I am still learning."
- Michelangelo at age 87