Sex, Crime, Jazz, Art - The Soundtracks of Rolf Kühn
Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and arranger
Rolf Kühn won the 2011 ECHO Jazz Award for his life's
work (coincidentally Rolf’s brother, the pianist
Joachim Kühn, also won). This great honor will likely
provide Rolf with the stamp of “jazz artist” for
the rest of his life. It is hard to imagine that
Rolf Kühn did in fact find the time to create solid
works in other musical genres, such as the so called
“easy listening”, swing, groovy and related forms
of library music, plus original film and television
Historically many renowned jazz artists flirted with the big screen and left essential jazz influenced soundtracks for posterity. The names Miles Davis (ASCENSEUR POUR L’ECHAFAUD), Duke Ellington (ANATOMY OF A MURDER), Herbie Hancock (BLOW UP), and well-known “Kühn fan” Don Ellis (THE FRENCH CONNECTION) immediately come to mind.
Rolf Kühn's first film score was for DAS GELBE HAUS AM PINNASBERG (THE YELLOW HOUSE IN PINNASBURG – 1970) directed by Alfred Vohrer - a fast-paced, witty caricature of the sexual liberation movement of that time, which opposed the seemingly endless series of German sexploitation farces of the 1970s (such as the popular Schulmädchen series). Inspired by the great success of the DAS GELBE HAUS the same contributors produced another genre movie: the crime film PERRAK (aka HARD WOMEN – 1970). This production was even more exquisitely produced than DAS GELBE HAUS which resulted in a highly effective, tense thriller. PERRAK provided audiences with excellent entertainment, and currently it is still held in a revered cult position amongst professional filmmakers, mainly due to the involved artist’s unwillingness to compromise on quality, and it’s impressively modern production values.
For both films director Alfred Vohrer wisely trusted Kühn’s skills and gave him carte blanche for the musical aspect. He got a big band and 12-15 strings – in total 30 instrumentalists. Kühn personally composed, arranged, orchestrated and conducted both works. As each of these scores were very well received by both critics and audiences they were reused many times, and later applied to several other movies.
The 22 tracks on this LP include almost all surviving pieces of music from DAS GELBE HAUS AM PINNASBERG and PERRAK. A few that haven’t made it onto the LP are available for download. The premium 180g vinyl comes luxuriously housed in a solid 350g cardboard cover, and protected by a specially lined inner sleeve.
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MOVIE MUSIC INTERNATIONAL, John Mansell [August 2016]: "I do recommend that you try the album as in vinyl version of this as it looks fantastic as well as sounding great. The style of Kuhn is in my opinion not dissimilar to that of Francis Lai or even Michel Magne it has that freshness to it and because it is a fusion of jazz, orchestral, dramatic and romantic with some sensual undertones it makes for a very varied, interesting and entertaining listen. ... Another one for the collection, highly recommended."