Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Anatomy Of A Murder
Despite being heard "in bits and pieces" the score "contains some of his most evocative and eloquent music… and beckons with the alluring scent of a femme fatale." Including small pieces by Billy Strayhorn, film historians recognize it "as a landmark — the first significant Hollywood film music by African Americans comprising non-diegetic music, that is, music whose source is not visible or implied by action in the film, like an on-screen band." The score avoids cultural stereotypes which previously characterized jazz scores and "rejected a strict adherence to visuals in ways that presaged the New Wave cinema of the ’60s."
The soundtrack, containing 13 tracks, was released on May 29, 1959. A CD was released on April 28, 1995, and reissued by Sony in a deluxe edition in 1999.
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles on May 29 and June 1 & 2, 1959.