JAYHAWKERS, THE

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 211
Date: 1959
Time: 0:53:46
Tracks: 27
Treat for Jerome Moross fans! World premiere of complete soundtrack to Melvin Frank western with Fess Parker, Jeff Chandler, Henry Silva. Known for his western film music, Moross scored just three such pictures of importance: THE BIG COUNTRY, THE JAYHAWKERS, THE PROUD REBEL. Famous first score is robust Americana classic, lesser-known third score is brooding, psychological effort. THE JAYHAWKERS combines composer's finest outdoor Americana vernacular with abundance of rhythmic action, then adds degree of intensity, making it more than just "Little Brother" to his famed signature score. While story of violent takeover attempt of Kansas is dark, music interestingly remains profuse with major key fanfares, exciting French horn melodies, lively rhythms. CD is presented with vibrant sound from original 3-channel stereo masters vaulted in reasonably good condition at Paramount Pictures, albeit a couple of brief cues were available only in mono. Many cues standout but rousing "Seal and Main Title" sure earns spotlight! Far too little music from this sensational composer is available, much less in stereo. This exciting CD helps to fill that void! Frank DeWald offers insights to intense picture and its music, Joe Sikoryak creates great 50's-style package. Jerome Moross conducts. Intrada Special Collection Volume 211 available while quantities and interest remain! SOLD OUT!

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  • Treat for Jerome Moross fans! World premiere of complete soundtrack to Melvin Frank western with Fess Parker, Jeff Chandler, Henry Silva. Known for his western film music, Moross scored just three such pictures of importance: THE BIG COUNTRY, THE JAYHAWKERS, THE PROUD REBEL. Famous first score is robust Americana classic, lesser-known third score is brooding, psychological effort. THE JAYHAWKERS combines composer's finest outdoor Americana vernacular with abundance of rhythmic action, then adds degree of intensity, making it more than just "Little Brother" to his famed signature score. While story of violent takeover attempt of Kansas is dark, music interestingly remains profuse with major key fanfares, exciting French horn melodies, lively rhythms. CD is presented with vibrant sound from original 3-channel stereo masters vaulted in reasonably good condition at Paramount Pictures, albeit a couple of brief cues were available only in mono. Many cues standout but rousing "Seal and Main Title" sure earns spotlight! Far too little music from this sensational composer is available, much less in stereo. This exciting CD helps to fill that void! Frank DeWald offers insights to intense picture and its music, Joe Sikoryak creates great 50's-style package. Jerome Moross conducts. Intrada Special Collection Volume 211 available while quantities and interest remain! SOLD OUT!
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    The Score
    01. Seal And Main Title (4:35)
    02. Cam Recovers (0:55)
    03. Jeanne Hides Cam (3:10)
    04. Chopping Wood (1:02)
    05. Jeanne's House (0:19)
    06. Cam's Capture (1:13)
    07. A Smashed Guitar And Cam Saves Jake (3:13)
    08. Cam Shoots Evans And The Stronghold (4:14)
    09. Attempted Assault (4:10)
    10. Raid Montage (3:24)
    11. Cam Riding And Lorden In Town (2:36)
    12. Posse (1:03)
    13. Brothers And A Raid (3:38)
    14. Accusation (2:10)
    15. Cam's Return (0:31)
    16. Cam Arrives In Abilene (0:48)

    17. Darcy Arrives (2:13)
    18. Premonitions (1:22)
    19. Zero Hour (2:07)
    20. The Last Act (2:16)
    21. Darcy Shoots Lorden (Danger Trill) (0:14)
    22. Prelude To Death (2:06)
    23. Death (1:20)
    24. Finale (1:27)
    Total Score Time: 50:25

    The Extras
    25. Premonitions (Alternate) (1:09)
    26. New Guitar (0:48)
    27. Hippy-Happy-Henny (1:13)
    Total Extras Time: 3:14

  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    The Jayhawkers is one of just two robust, outdoor western scores composed by Jerome Moross. The other, of course, is The Big Country, dating from one year earlier. He scored another western during that period called Proud Rebel, but the musical vernacular was darker and more introspective as per requirements of the drama. The Jayhawkers is big, bold, lively and anything but subtle.

    In fact, in what is arguably an incongruous use of music, Moross scored The Jayhawkers with rousing, almost exclusively major-mode music, though his exciting themes played under what were essentially violent, destructive raids on innocent towns by outlaws preceding the Civil War. While friendship is admittedly core to the story, Moross was particularly kind towards killer Luke Darcy—more so, perhaps, than towards hero Cam Bleeker. While not the traditional villain, Darcy was still a madman who left death and destruction in his wake. In any case, Moross found ample opportunity to write brightly-keyed action music with particular emphasis on brass.

    To bring the complete soundtrack to CD for the first time, Intrada was given access to Paramount Pictures’ 35mm three-channel scoring session masters, transferred in the 1990s to 2’’ analogue protection tape. These were carefully restored by Neil Bulk (editor) and Michael McDonald at Private Island Trax (engineer). Most of the score is presented here in stereo, with three cues coming from the mono music stems. The 35mm film transfers included a small amount of deterioration in a few areas that resulted in minimal wow but overall everything displayed clean stereo audio with crisp, punchy dynamics.

    We have presented the score in the order intended by Moross. However, this differs from the finished film itself since the picture repeats segments of cues a number of times while deleting sections of others entirely. Noteworthy is the significant amount of music written for but deleted from later scenes of the film, such as the warm music spotlighting Darcy’s goals and his final dirge, consisting of numerous triads for low brass (imitating the resounding fanfare opening the score). The climactic and bravura death scene where Moross used rich sonorities to elevate Darcy to nearmythic status was also, sadly, replaced with other music.

    One final note: With respect to the cue “Premonitions,” it’s the longer mono take that appears in the film while the shorter stereo take went unused. We present both, with the film take in our album presentation and the unused alternate appearing as an extra.

    So put on the CD, grab hold of the reins and gallop ahead with Jerome Moross and The Jayhawkers!

    —Douglass Fake



  • Composed and Conducted by Jerome Moross.

    Recorded on May 5, 18 and 19, 1959, at Paramount Pictures Scoring Stage, Hollywood, California.

    This soundtrack was produced in cooperation with the
    American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.


    LEADER
    Jerome Moross

    VIOLIN
    Israel Baker
    Harold Ayres
    Ralph Schaeffer
    Sidney Sharp
    James Getzoff
    Caesar Kersten
    Arnold Belnick
    Leonard Malarsky
    Alexander Koltun
    Robert Konrad
    William Kurasch

    VIOLA
    Spinoza Paeff
    Albert Falkove
    Jan Hlinka
    Sanford Schonbach

    CELLO
    George Neikrug
    David Filerman
    Olga Zundel

    BASS
    Murray Shapinsky
    Siegel Siegel


    FLUTE
    Harold Lewis
    Burnett Atkinson

    OBOE
    Charles Strickfaden
    Gerald Fried
    Bert Gassman

    CLARINET
    Joseph Krechter
    Mahlon Clark

    BASSOON
    Frederick Moritz
    Gerald Schon
    Norman Herzberg
    Robert Swanson

    FRENCH HORN
    Gale Robinson
    Charles Peel
    Willard Culley
    Richard Perissi

    TRUMPET
    Phil Candreva
    Sidney Lazar
    Alexander Golden


    TROMBONE
    Joe Colvin
    Vernon Friley
    George Arus

    DRUMS/PERCUSSION
    Bernie Mattinson
    Roland Hallberg

    HARP
    Aida Dagort

    PIANO
    Natalie Limonick
    Harry Sukman

    GUITAR
    Laurindo Almeida

    ORCHESTRATOR
    Nathan Van Cleave

    LIBRARIAN
    A. Gaber
    Leonard Gordon (Ass't)

    COPYIST
    Gene Bren
    Walter Brenner
    Larry Cramer
    Charlie Knight
    Jack McTaggart
    Jerome Nuzzi
    Edward Ocnoff
    Joe Petroni
    Robin F. Taylor