Did you know that, unofficially at least, 2004 is the “year of Henry Mancini”? So says daughter Monica, citing the 10th anniversary of her father’s death, the 40th anniversary of The Pink Panther (for which, of course, papa Henry wrote the indelible theme), the reissue of Mancini’s superb 1989 autobiography Did They Mention the Music? (written with Gene Lees) and the recent issuance of a stamp (Mancini’s second) featuring both the composer and a certain rose-colored feline, all as validation. To commemorate the occasion, Mancini’s daughter has just completed an exhaustive 60-city tour and spearheaded an ambitious, 17-track tribute disc aptly titled The Ultimate Mancini (Concord).
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