Mundell Lowe was a well-regarded guitarist who played pop, dixieland, and country music, but who always gravitated back towards jazz - he occasionally worked with Benny Goodman and fronted his own bands. In the '60s, he moved to California and worked as a composer for films and television, and even taught film composition. On this disc he conducts his score for the cult film "Satan in High Heels".
Personnel includes: Mundell Lowe, Phil Woods, Oliver Nelson, Urbie Green, Clark Terry, Joe Newman, Al Cohn.
Includes liner notes by Eliot Tiegel.
Recording information: New York, NY (11/30/1961-12/22/1961).
Mundell Lowe's score for the exploitation flick Satan in High Heels is an immensely enjoyable collection of exaggeratedly cinematic jazz. Lowe runs through all sorts of styles, from swinging big band to cool jazz, from laid-back hard-bop to driving bop. He pulls it off because his big band is comprised of musicians as skilled as Oliver Nelson, Al Cohn, Phil Woods, Urbie Green, Joe Newman and Clark Terry. They help give the music the extra kick it needs, and Satan in High Heels winds up as a terrific set of humorous and sleazy, but well-played, mainstream jazz. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine