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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Nightwatch/Killer by Night
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2012 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)



The Quincy hasn't really provoked much response, although Thomas (Member) was very positive about it on another part of the board. It's a pity that it seems to have gone underappreciated, because it really is a very fine effort from a great composer. But God I only really "got" it after all the nurturing. Sometimes I'd be thinking "Hey, there's a groove starting up" only to be disappointed when it changed tone after a few moments and went all dark and murky again. But I blasted it through my headphones at nine o'clock this morning, still giddy from last night's partying, and it was fabulous. It IS fabulous! It's not in-your-face fabulous, but it is darkly seductive and works its magic in a subtle way. The beauty of it is in its endlessly inventive instrumentation. Just when you're thinking that it's a standard TV suspense cue playing, you sit up and go "What did he just do with that guitar?" Or that muted horn, or that grunting harmonica or that waterchime... Deceptive, this one. There's actually something of interest going on throughout. The work of a genius, I'd say - even if it's a minor work in the Quincy canon.




KILLER BY NIGHT is a complexe score with many layers of musical types and directions.
I enjoy the way you describe the score: "The beauty of it is in its endlessly inventive instrumentation." Bulleyes!
The level of complexity remind Jerry Fielding but their music is completely different.
The Seventies reached a peak in terms of dense compositions.
KILLER BY NIGHT is designed for an audience of demanding persons.
This is not an emotional score but a cerebral one.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2012 - 11:14 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Okay, okay, I'll go listen to the Quincy Jones score some more!! wink

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2012 - 11:32 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Do so Kev, or be forever undemanding and uncerebral!

(And glad you agree with me, Thomas - it can get lonely here sometimes)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2012 - 3:39 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Do so Kev, or be forever undemanding and uncerebral!

(And glad you agree with me, Thomas - it can get lonely here sometimes)


Have you pinpointed the nod to "Ironside" inside "Killer by Night"?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 1:13 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Yes, I love that little nod to the "Ironside" theme (it's like the dramatic opening motif from the show repeated three or four times). It doesn't really call attention to itself in a pastiche way - I imagine it was just a coincidence and part of the composer's harmonic sound, although who knows? Overall I think the score in general reminds me of the more dramatically potent cues from IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 2:16 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Yes, I love that little nod to the "Ironside" theme (it's like the dramatic opening motif from the show repeated three or four times). It doesn't really call attention to itself in a pastiche way - I imagine it was just a coincidence and part of the composer's harmonic sound, although who knows? Overall I think the score in general reminds me of the more dramatically potent cues from IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT.

I really appreciate the layers of instruments that come and go all along as dissolves.
My liking goes immediately to the echo and pitch bending that breed that weird percussion punctuations.

 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 5:23 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

I bought this for the Williams score and am thoroughly enjoying it. I like his more edgy work from the earlier years quite a bit. The QJ score was just along for the ride in my mind when I bought it. Well that was until I listened to it. It has turned out to be the score out of the two that I've listened to the most. I really need to investigate more QJ scores in this vein so any suggestions would be much appreciated!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 6:09 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I bought this for the Williams score and am thoroughly enjoying it. I like his more edgy work from the earlier years quite a bit. The QJ score was just along for the ride in my mind when I bought it. Well that was until I listened to it. It has turned out to be the score out of the two that I've listened to the most. I really need to investigate more QJ scores in this vein so any suggestions would be much appreciated!

I don't like the Jones material very much, but the Williams is surprisingly accesible, which isn't always the case with his early tv scores.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 8:27 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

I bought this for the Williams score and am thoroughly enjoying it. I like his more edgy work from the earlier years quite a bit. The QJ score was just along for the ride in my mind when I bought it. Well that was until I listened to it. It has turned out to be the score out of the two that I've listened to the most. I really need to investigate more QJ scores in this vein so any suggestions would be much appreciated!


"The Getaway" (unreleased)
"The New Centurions" (unreleased)
"The Anderson Tapes" (unreleased)
"Dollars" (CD)
"The Hot Rock" (LP)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 11:35 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

I bought this for the Williams score and am thoroughly enjoying it. I like his more edgy work from the earlier years quite a bit. The QJ score was just along for the ride in my mind when I bought it. Well that was until I listened to it. It has turned out to be the score out of the two that I've listened to the most. I really need to investigate more QJ scores in this vein so any suggestions would be much appreciated!


"The Getaway" (unreleased)
"The New Centurions" (unreleased)
"The Anderson Tapes" (unreleased)
"Dollars" (CD)
"The Hot Rock" (LP)



Addendum
"The Getaway" (unreleased and unlocated*)

*FSM never found the master tape.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 12:55 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

50.

It's the least this release deserves! smile

Still haven't re-listened to Quincy yet.

 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 2:46 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

The Quincy score is very good indeed he really paints a picture of urban shades of the night ,genius.
Fantastic release

Have not really listened to the Williams score yet I'm not really a fan of his.

 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 4:11 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Have almost finished listening to Quincy's score three times in a row and I'm not sure if I have had enough yet Wow I'm totally hooked.

There is something about suspense music that is perfect for tuning and heightening your senses for suggestion the way that Quincy has injected various musical pieces into this score really brings them to life or is it the brink of it.

Think I might nip out downtown one more time before this night is through.

 
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