Genius work from one the the most overlooked soundtrack composers of his generation – and 2 very jazzy scores, reissued beautifully back to back on one CD! Although The Wild One was Marlon Brando's famous film of biker violence in rural California, Stevens
gave the movie a wickedly jazzy score – one that might have been more at home in a crime or detective film at the time, but which also seems to pick up a real sense of "drive" from all the biking scenes as well! Music is both by a Shorty Rogers group with John
Graas, Jimmy Knepper, Bob Shank, Bill Perkins, Jimmy Giuffre, and Herb Geller – and by the Leith Stevens
All Stars, which features many of the same players under Stevens
' leadership. The CD features a total of 16 numbers from the film – way more than we've seen on any other issue of the material – with titles that include "Chino", "Windswept", "Hot Blood", "Scramble", "Hotshoe", and "Beetle". Added to this are 9 more numbers from the film Private Hell 36 – a mid 50s vehicle for Ida Lupino, directed by a young Don Siegel, and also featuring Lupino herself on piano and vocals on one track! The style and the group here is very similar – led by Stevens
, and featuring Shorty Rogers, Pete Candoli, John
Graas, Bob Enevoldsen, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, Lennie Niehaus, and Bud Shank. Lupino sings on the moody "Didn't You Know" – and other tracks include "Daddy Long Legs", "Easy Mood", "Havana Interlude", and "Dance Of The Lilliputian".