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Finding Forrester
     

Finding Forrester

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To his credit, soundtrack producer Hal Willner has chosen some pretty adventurous material for the Gus Van Sant film Finding Forrester. Miles Davis gets the majority of space, but he's represented not by the typical ballads and bop that characterize his most popular style, but by extended fusion tracks from the 1970s (the nearly 19-minute "Reflections," a

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To his credit, soundtrack producer Hal Willner has chosen some pretty adventurous material for the Gus Van Sant film Finding Forrester. Miles Davis gets the majority of space, but he's represented not by the typical ballads and bop that characterize his most popular style, but by extended fusion tracks from the 1970s (the nearly 19-minute "Reflections," a moody, mysterious masterwork), the atmospheric "Little Church," and the funky "Black Satin." (Other Davis tracks include an excerpt from "Lonely Fire"; "Vonetta," featuring his classic 1960s quintet, and a DJ Cam remix of "In a Silent Way." Two superb Ornette Coleman pieces ("Happy House" and "Foreigner in a Free Land") virtually burst off the CD, while guitarist Bill Frisell's four tunes have all the ambient lyricism that this instrumentalist has become famous for. (His lovely "Over the Rainbow" for solo guitar and tapes loops is a highlight.) Smart music for listeners willing to go beyond standard soundtrack fare.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The original soundtrack to Finding Forrester, Gus Van Sant's other uplifting mentor/student drama, features a compelling mix of '60s and '70s works from Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman and an original score by Bill Frisell. Davis' "Recollection" and "Little Church" provide two of the album's more reflective moments, while his "Black Satin" and Coleman's "Happy House" offer a funky, intense contrast. Frisell's dreamy but slightly off-kilter pieces, such as "Under a Golden Sky," "Picture Book," and "Over the Rainbow," act almost as a palate cleanser between Davis' and Coleman's intense works. With its deft mix of vintage and contemporary jazz, Finding Forrester gives the film it accompanies another level of integrity.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/26/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998535022
catalogNumber:
85350

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Performance Credits

London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Bobby Bradford   Trumpet
Ron Carter   Bass
Don Cherry   Pocket Trumpet
Miles Davis   Trumpet
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Carlos Garnett   Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Hancock   Electric Piano
Billy Higgins   Drums
Dave Holland   Electric Bass
Keith Jarrett   Organ
Bennie Maupin   Bass
John McLaughlin   Guitar
Dewey Redman   Tenor Saxophone
Hank Roberts   Cello
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone
Collin Walcott   Sitar
Tony Williams   Drums
Steve Grossman   Soprano Saxophone
Ron Miles   Trumpet
Roland Cazimero   Bass
Joey Baron   Drums
Airto Moreira   Percussion,Guica
Joe Zawinul   Electric Piano
Badal Roy   Tabla
Khalil Balakrishna   Sitar
Ed Blackwell   Drums
Billy Cobham   Triangle
Ornette Coleman   Alto Saxophone
Armando Anthony Corea   Electric Piano
Kermit Driscoll   Bass
Bill Frisell   Electric Guitar
Curtis Fowlkes   Trombone
Charlie Haden   Bass
James Mtume   Percussion
David Measham   Conductor
Hermeto Pascoal   Drums,Electric Piano,Voices,Human Whistle
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole   Ukulele,Vocals,Hawaiian Guitar
Mike Muldoon   Percussion
Del Beazley   Guitar
Gaylord Holomalia   Keyboards
Eyvind Kang   Violin
David Creamer   Guitar
Melvin Amina   Bass,Track Performer
Michael J. Henderson   Bass

Technical Credits

Harold Arlen   Composer
Joe Zawinul   Composer
Milan Bertosa   Engineer
Ornette Coleman   Composer
Bill Frisell   Composer,Loop
Tim Geelan   Engineer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Wayne Horvitz   Producer
Christian Jones   Engineer
Teo Macero   Producer
Roger Moutenot   Engineer
Bob Thiele   Composer
Lee Townsend   Producer
George David Weiss   Composer
Hal Willner   Producer
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole   Producer
Eric Liljestrand   Engineer
Gaylord Holomalia   Programming
Gus Van Sant   Executive Producer
Jon de Mello   Producer
Stanley Tonkel   Engineer
James Jordan   Producer

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Finding Forrester 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have NOT seen the movie & I don't buy soundtracks, but just looking for Iz's rendition of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" and when I found it here... on track #8...whoever Roland C. is, he's not Israel Kamakawiwo'ole with his amazing voice...and then to see it along with our NW local Bill Frisell... that sold me! What a great compilation.