All That Jazz (Original Soundtrack Collection)

All That Jazz (Original Soundtrack Collection)

     
 
One of the most audacious Hollywood films of the late 1970s was All That Jazz, Bob Fosse's semi-autobiographical tale of a self-destructive director/choreographer trying to outrun his demons and his mortality as he struggles to keep his topsy-turvy life together. It combined musical theater and Fellini-esque flights of fancy to hypnotic effect, employing a wide

Overview

One of the most audacious Hollywood films of the late 1970s was All That Jazz, Bob Fosse's semi-autobiographical tale of a self-destructive director/choreographer trying to outrun his demons and his mortality as he struggles to keep his topsy-turvy life together. It combined musical theater and Fellini-esque flights of fancy to hypnotic effect, employing a wide range of musical styles and compositions in the process. A choice selection of the music used in the film is distilled on the All That Jazz soundtrack, which divides its time between jazzy pop classics ("Everything Old Is New Again" by Peter Allen, George Benson's cover of "On Broadway") and a combination of originals and re-arranged classics handled by composer/arranger Ralph Burns. The jazzy pop songs make for fun listening, but the true highlights are the tracks handled by Burns: his work on the album covers everything from classical music ("Vivaldi Concert In G") to easy listening ("Ponte Vecchio") to showtune-styled originals ("Take Off With Us"). However, Burn's true tour de force is a bombastic re-imagining of the Everly Brothers classic "Bye Bye Love": in his hands, it becomes an epic, rock opera-styled duet between Ben Vereen and Roy Scheider, whose kitchen-sink arrangement includes jazz saxophone, orchestral strings, and wailing electric guitar. Simply put, it must be heard to be believed. The only problem with All That Jazz is that its eclecticism and one-of-a-kind style of showbiz bombast ensure that it will only appeal to fans of the film. Also, the soundtrack lacks a few of the songs featured in the film: the most notable exception is Harry Nilsson's "Perfect Day," a lushly-orchestrated pop classic that was memorably used during one of the film's romantic scenes. Despite these minor problems, All That Jazz remains a fine musical portrait of its parent film and a necessity for anyone who enjoyed it.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/1999
Label:
Universal I.S.
UPC:
0731455126921
catalogNumber:
5512692

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Benson   Vocals,Track Performer
Ralph Burns   Conductor
Peter Allen   Vocals,Track Performer
Ben Vereen   Vocals,Track Performer
Stanley Lebowsky   Choir Conductor
Ann Reinking   Vocals,Track Performer
Leland Palmer   Vocals,Track Performer
Roy Scheider   Vocals
Erzsebet Foldi   Vocals
Sandahl Bergman   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ralph Burns   Arranger,Producer
Glenn Berger   Producer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Joel Dorn   Producer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
W. Benton Overstreet   Composer
Billy Higgins   Composer
Kalmar   Lyricist

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