Elmer Bernstein - Frankie Machine (via The Man With the Golden Arm: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Performed by Shorty Rogers & His Giants

Bernstein: “I told [The Man With the Golden Arm director] Otto Preminger of my intentions after one quick reading of the shooting script. There is something very American and contemporary about all the characters and their problems. I wanted an element that could speak readily of hysteria and despair, an element that would localise these emotions to our country, to a large city if possible. Ergo, jazz.”