Friday, January 18, 2008
Michael Connelly's love of jazz
While Michael Connelly says that he and Harry Bosch are very different, they do share one important characteristic: they are both jazz fans. "I listen exclusively to jazz when writing, because it is not as intrusive as music with lyrics and its improvisational nature is inspiring to me," says the author. "Invariably the music I am listening to ends up on Harry Bosch’s CD player. I think the music he listens to says a lot about him."
To share his love of jazz, in 2003 Connelly put together a limited-edition CD called Dark Sacred Night, which features Bosch’s favorite music, including works by artists such as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Art Pepper, and Louis Armstrong. While that disc is no longer available, Connelly more recently tapped jazz legend Frank Morgan to provide original music for an 8-minute video featuring excerpts from The Overlook, read by Len Cariou. Click here to see and listen to it.