Ultimate Mancini

Ultimate Mancini

by Henry Mancini



Henry Mancini was easily one of the greatest composers for film soundtracks, so putting together a collection of 17 songs nominated for various awards (Grammy, Golden Globe, or Academy Awards) was easy. But finding the proper mix of musicians was important. His daughter, Monica Mancini, is a talented singer in her own right, so she was an obvious choice. And it was only natural to invite tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson to reprise his most famous solo in "The Pink Panther Theme," which he recorded with Mancini for the original soundtrack. For the most part, Mancini's arrangements are utilized, but there are some twists. Stevie Wonder is featured on harmonica with the vocal group Take 6 in the pretty ballad "Moon River," while organist Joey DeFrancesco shines in the breezy "Mr. Lucky." But it is Monica Mancini who makes the biggest impression (along with her father's music, of course). Her sensual rendition of "Moment to Moment," and her lightly swinging duet with singer Kenny Rankin of "Dreamsville," both of which are complemented by Tom Scott's superb alto sax, make it apparent that she inherited her father's musical genes. Among the several arrangements contributed by Patrick Williams, his gorgeous chart for Monica of "Dear Heart" features the singer backed mostly by George Doering's sensitive acoustic guitar. As Donald Fagen of Steely Dan puts it in his brief note to the CD: "All bow before the High Priest of Hollywood Cool!" In other words, fans of Henry Mancini should snap up this rewarding CD right away.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2004
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431223726
catalogNumber: 2237

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Henry Mancini   Primary Artist,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Take 6   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Gary Burton   Vibes,Guest Appearance
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Kenny Rankin   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Tom Scott   Alto Saxophone,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Charles Davis   Trumpet
Patrick Williams   Conductor
Rick Baptist   Trumpet,Group Member
Scotty Barnhart   Trumpet,Group Member
Chuck Berghofer   Bass,Group Member
Joey DeFrancesco   Hammond Organ,Soloist,Guest Appearance,Hammond B3
George Doering   Guitar
Assa Drori   Violin,Group Member
Jimmy Ercole   Woodwind,Group Member
Kirstin Fife   Violin,Group Member
Ronald Folsom   Violin,Group Member
Berj Garabedian   Violin,Group Member
Endre Granat   Concert Master
Dan Higgins   Woodwind,Group Member
Greg Huckins   Woodwind,Group Member
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello,Celli,Group Member
Michael Lang   Piano,Group Member
Dane Little   Cello,Celli,Group Member
Charles Loper   Trombone,Group Member
Warren Luening   Trumpet,Group Member
Andy Martin   Trombone,Group Member
Bob McChesney   Trombone,Group Member
Larry McGuire   Trumpet,Group Member
Carole Mukogawa   Viola,Group Member
Harry Shirinian   Viola,Group Member
David Shostac   Woodwind,Group Member
Tina Soule   Cello,Celli,Group Member
Sheridon Stokes   Woodwind,Group Member
Joe Stone   Woodwind,Group Member
Miwako Watanabe   Violin,Group Member
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone,Group Member
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica,Guest Appearance
Gary Woodward   Woodwind,Group Member
Shelly Berg   Keyboards,Group Member
Gregg Field   Drums,Group Member
John Walz   Cello,Celli,Group Member
Drew Dembowski   Bass,Group Member
Renita Koven   Viola,Group Member
Tommy Johnson   Tuba,Group Member
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet,Group Member
Timothy Landauer   Cello,Celli,Group Member
Jacqueline Suzuki   Violin
Jay Stone   Woodwind
Shawn Mann   Viola,Group Member
Dana Kelley   French Horn,Group Member
Paul Klintworth   French Horn,Group Member
Irina Voloshina   Violin,Group Member
Julie Berghofer   Harp
Jennifer Walton   Violin,Group Member
David Schostac   Woodwind
Michael Valerio   Bass,Group Member
Trevor Handy   Cello,Celli,Group Member
Jody Rubin   Viola,Group Member
Liane Mautner   Violin,Group Member
Sarah Thornblade   Violin,Group Member
Bob Becker   Viola,Group Member
Bradley Kintscher   French Horn,Group Member
Becky Bunnell   Violin
Trish Skye   French Horn,Group Member
Yan To   Violin,Group Member
Mark Adams   French Horn,Group Member
Kenneth Kugler   Trombone,Group Member
Karen Jones   Violin,Group Member
Raymond Tischer   Viola,Group Member
Kevin Connolly   Violin,Group Member
Brian O'Connor   French Horn,Group Member

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Arranger,Composer,Duet
Kenny Rankin   Duet
Patrick Williams   Arranger
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Ray Evans   Composer
Will Jennings   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Don Murray   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Gregg Field   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
John "Buddy" Williams   Liner Notes
Seth Presant   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Ana Baracca   Graphic Design
Kaspar Hugentobler   Engineer

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Ultimate Mancini 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My second disappointment with Henry. Tis one has too much vocal and little orchestra. The orchestral selectors, though few are too up beat and loud for easy listening. That's e9uhgh Mancini for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of Henry Mancini classics is superb. It is a great legacy to a man and his music.