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Newly recorded in 1999 at WDR Studios in Cologne, Germany, Mannix gives composer Lalo Schifrin a chance to refine compositions and arrangements that he wrote for the detective series of the same name in 1967. Although not his most famous television work of that period (an honor belonging to Mission: Impossible), Mannix did offer Schifrin a chance to move into more exotic forms of composition. Once one gets past the main title theme, the music quickly takes on an identity of its own, separate from the series. Some of it evokes places such as South America ("Sao Paolo After Dark") and Austria ("The Vienna Incident"), but most of it is in a light '60s pop-jazz vein, which doesn't mean there isn't some virtuoso playing, especially on the part of the saxmen and the trumpets. The players do what they can to make the most pedestrian of this material come alive, although curiously, the most potentially expansive piece here, the extended version of the title work, is also the most predictable.


Born: June 21, 1932 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Best known for his "Mission: Impossible" theme song, Lalo Schifrin is an Argentinean-born composer, arranger, pianist, and conductor, whose jazz and classical training earned him tremendous success as a soundtrack composer. Born Boris Claudio Schifrin in Buenos Aires on June 21, 1932, his father was a symphonic violinist, and he began playing piano at age six. He enrolled in the Paris Conservatoire in 1952, hitting the jazz scene by night. After returning to Buenos Aires, Schifrin formed a 16-piece...
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