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Let’s take a break from Bossa Nova…
Here is the soundtrack album for Alfie , a 1966 British film directed by Lewis Gilbert, starring Michael Caine. It is an adaptation by Bill Naughton of his own novel and play of the same name
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