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Henry Mancini Roots Mural Theme • Tribute To Alex Haley
Henry Mancini Roots Mural Theme
Alexander Murray Palmer Haley
Alex Haley
The composer, pianist and theme song scorer, Henry Mancini (1924-1994), was a major figure in American music from 1954 until his death. Mancini spear-headed a change in film scoring, replacing the use of symphonic arrangements with elements of jazz, tin pan alley and popular music. "In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage—to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness." ~ Alex Haley.
The 1977 Roots Soundtrack album was released February 04, 1997 on CD Rom. "Quincy Jones has been threatening to write a long tone poem sketching the history of black music for decades now, and he has yet to do it. This project, rushed out in the wake of the 1977 TV mini-series Roots, is about as close as he has come." ~ AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell. Note: The "Roots Mural Theme" is not by Quincy Jones but by film composer Gerald Fried, who wrote most of the TV score.
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