Odds Against Tomorrow Original Soundtrack by John Lewis

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Odds Against Tomorrow is a 1959 film noir produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Harry Belafonte. He selected Abraham Polonsky to write the script, which is based on a novel of the same name by William P. McGivern. Blacklisted in those years, Polonsky had to use a front and John O. Killens was credited. Polonsky’s screenwriting credit was restored in 1996 in his own name. The film score was composed, arranged and conducted by John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet.

To realize his score, Lewis assembled a 22-piece orchestra, which included MJQ bandmates Milt Jackson on vibraphone, Percy Heath on bass and Connie Kay on drums, as well as Bill Evans on piano, and Jim Hall on guitar. Allmusic’s Bruce Eder noted, “This superb jazz score by John Lewis was later turned into a hit by The Modern Jazz Quartet. It’s dark and dynamic, and a classic”. The Modern Jazz Quartet’s album of Lewis’ themes; Music from Odds Against Tomorrow was recorded in October 1959. The track “Skating in Central Park” became a permanent part of the MJQ’s repertoire. It was also reused for a similar scene in the 1971 film Little Murders.


  • Prelude To Odds Against Tomorrow
    A Cold Wind Is Blowing
    Five Figure People Crossing Paths
    How To Frame Pigeons
    Morning Trip To Melton
    Looking At The Caper
    Jonny Ingram's Possessions
    The Carousel Incident
    Skating In Central Park
    No Happiness For Slater
    Main Theme: Odds Against Tomorrow
    Social Call
    The Impractical Man
    Advance On Melton
    Waiting Around The River
    The Caper Failure


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CDSKU: 180909-76554-1
UPC: 5056083202348
Part No: BSGZ126CD
Weight: 0.12 lbs
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