Michael Caine is one of Joao Kartoshka’s all time favourite actors, but Alfie is one of his least favourite characters- the smug mysoginism and psychopathy galls – even in those days? Was it really endearingly laddish, or clever? He’s a bully and a coward who deserves much worse than he gets.
He cries only for himself…
What’s it all about, eh?
Caine’s undoubted genius, of course.
The soundtrack is a cracking piece of jazz from another undoubted genius- US tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins who by the age of 36 was a figure shrouded in mystique.
• Sonny Rollins, Robert Ashton – tenor saxophone
• J.J. Johnson – trombone (tracks 1 & 2)
• Jimmy Cleveland – trombone (tracks 3-6)
• Phil Woods – alto saxophone
• Danny Bank – baritone saxophone
• Roger Kellaway – piano
• Kenny Burrell – guitar
• Walter Booker – bass
• Frankie Dunlop – drums
• Oliver Nelson – arranger, conductor
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 26, 1966