Mark Doyle | Watching the Detectives: Guitar Noir III

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Watching the Detectives: Guitar Noir III

by Mark Doyle

Mark Doyle returns to the instrumental world of Guitar Noir with an album that salutes Detective and Spy themes from the 50’s, 60's and 70’s along with original compositions true to the genre.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Rock
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1. Detectives Medley
5:05 $0.99
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2. Kojak Theme
3:30 $0.99
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3. Man from U.N.C.L.E.
3:32 $0.99
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4. Lost Letter
3:24 $0.99
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5. Johnny Staccato
3:13 $0.99
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6. America Drinks and Goes Home
5:26 $0.99
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7. Thirteen Crimes
4:30 $0.99
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8. Noir Alley
4:27 $0.99
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9. It Takes a Thief
4:35 $0.99
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10. Everytime
3:11 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
20 years after the release of the original critically-acclaimed Guitar Noir album in 1999, guitarist/arranger/producer Mark Doyle revisits the series with a tip of the fedora to the seedy underworld populated by detectives and spies. Doyle says, "Once I settled on the concept, I started hunting down any and all of the TV and movie themes having to do with detectives and spies, while trying to avoid obvious ones like "Peter Gunn," which has been done to death, and "Perry Mason," which I had already recorded on the first Guitar Noir album. I ended up choosing the themes that were most melodic and dramatic, since melody is to me the most important thing in an instrumental album. I uncovered some absolutely amazing music: Nelson Riddle's "The Untouchables," Elmer Bernstein's "Johnny Staccato" and Dave Grusin's "It Takes a Thief" are only three examples. When I ran out of things that moved me, I had to write two pieces that hopefully fulfill the criteria and stay true to the genre."
The album also contains two pieces outside of the concept - Frank Zappa's "America Drinks and Goes Home" (arranged as a ballad) and Louis Cole's "Everytime." These were the first two pieces recorded before the Detectives concept had been finalized, and Doyle felt that they were too strong to let go of.
The album features Doyle on guitars, keyboards, bass and drum programming, along with Josh Dekaney on drums and percussion, and a string section that features Ally Brown, Shelby Dems, Jonathan Hwang, and Joe Davoli on violins and Kate LaVerne on cello, arranged and conducted by Doyle and used throughout the album to dramatic results.

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John J D'Angelo

GNIII Awesome Album
Mark Doyle delivers his 3rd Guitar Noir album and it is the best yet. Again a creative theme detective tv shows with some great guitar playing. Man From U.N.C.L.E. really a standout. Mark's two originals 13 Crimes and Noir Alley fit in perfectly with the theme.
But the real highlights are his three tunes that not a detective theme but fit in with the feel of the album. A great jazz tune Lost Letter and Everytime just have some gorgeous guitar. Another standout is the string arrangements composed and conducted by Mark.
And Mark's bass playing is awesome along with Josh Dekany's drums and percussion..
This is Mark Doyle at his best- playing, arranging, recording and producing on a amazing album.
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