Jazz for James Bond and other Secret Agents, Spies and Detectives - Part 1

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For a reason or another, movies about detectives, secret agents or spies have gone mano a mano with jazz, and so this week we'll feature jazz inspired by adventurous characters. In this first segment, the focus is on James Bond and how anyone from Louis Armstrong and Count Basie to Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas and Steven Bernstein, among others, have played with John Barry's compositions just like James Bond has played with Dr. No, Auric Goldfinger and whole bunch of other villains!

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  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • John Barry "We Have All the Time in the World (feat. Louis Armstrong)" On Her Majesty's Secret Service (EMI) 0:16
  • Host talks 3:29
  • Pizzicato Five "Twiggy Twiggy/Twiggy Vs. James Bond" This Year's Girl (Matador) 5:03
  • CCM Jazz Orchestra "Dr. Yes (feat. Steven Bernstein)" Nobody Does It Better (Summit) 9:04
  • Count Basie and His Orchestra "Dr. No's Fantasy" Basie Meets Bond (Capitol) 15:30
  • Host talks 19:25
  • Dave Douglas "Goldfinger" A Thousand Evenings (RCA) 21:06
  • Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers "Thunderball" Thunderball -single (Studio One) 25:16
  • CCM Jazz Orchestra "Nobody Does It Better" Nobody Does It Better: The CCM Jazz Orchestra as James Bond (Summit) 29:09
  • Host talks 37:36
  • Bill Frisell, Thomas Morgan "You Only Live Twice" Epistrophy (ECM) 39:39
  • Sexmob "Over and Out" Sex Mob Does Bond (Ropeadope) 47:30
  • Host talks 53:18
  • Leroy Holmes and His Orchestra "James Bond Theme" Blue Movies: Scoring for the Studios (Blue Note) 54:51

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