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Album Review

Moody and atmospheric, and mixing Italian themes with moody, occasionally dissonant modernist jazz-based material, The Rose Tattoo is an one of Alex North's most worthwhile scores, a dark, brooding piece of virtuoso composition and playing. Evidently, the original LP never went through many pressings, a fact suggested by the excellent condition of the master tape when it was reissued on CD some 43 years after the original LP came out. One only wishes there had been credits at the time indicating the names of the musicians involved in this recording, since their playing is so good.


Born: December 4, 1910 in Chester, PA

Genre: Soundtrack

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

American composer Alex North hardly needed films to enhance his reputation. A graduate of Juilliard and the pupil of such musical heavyweights as Ernst Toch and Aaron Copland, North was responsible for the incidental music in several major Broadway productions of the 1940s, notably Death of a Salesman. He also composed for the ballet, for symphony orchestra, and even for Benny Goodman. North's earliest film work consisted of the scores for documentary films, an activity he engaged in from 1937 through...
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