Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil

Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil

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As a means of telling one of the most infamous stories of Savannah, GA, jazz-student/director/actor Clint Eastwood has chosen the works of one of the most famous natives of this fabled southern city, Johnny Mercer. Not only has he and producer Matt Pierson picked some of the most beautiful and beloved

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As a means of telling one of the most infamous stories of Savannah, GA, jazz-student/director/actor Clint Eastwood has chosen the works of one of the most famous natives of this fabled southern city, Johnny Mercer. Not only has he and producer Matt Pierson picked some of the most beautiful and beloved selections of the Great American Songbook, but the pair have also enlisted some of the greatest musical talents to perform them. In addition to older masters such as Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, and Rosemary Clooney (who easily earns the honors of the films featured chestnut, "Fools Rush In"), the album features a collection of younger talents from the world of jazz -- such as Cassandra Wilson, Kevin Mahogony, Joshua Redman, and Diana Krall -- and a number of crooners and tunesmiths from other genres, such as k.d. lang, Alison Krauss, and Paula Cole. In addition, Eastwood himself steps up to the mike to run the appropriately chosen "Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive" through his smoky vocal clips. In an effort to prevent the award-winning director from having all the spotlight, leading man Kevin Spacey and Eastwood's daughter Alison (who also stars and sings in the film) also take turns in the studio. With the keyboard work of Brad Mehldau and a backing band which includes the likes of Charlie Haden, Christian McBride, Kevin Eubanks, and a host of others, this album would have to work to fail. The high points (which are high indeed) include lang's lush orchestral flow through "Skylark," Cole's sonorous head-voice rendition of "Autumn Leaves," Krauss' beguiling offering of "This Time the Dream's on Me" and, of course, Bennett's version of "I Wanna Be Around," which has every bit of swing and sting as it did when it was recorded in 1962. While Oscar-winner Spacey is a trained vocalist, and while the song is especially germane to his voodoo-lovin' character in Midnight, his spoken-song lounge-act swing through "That Old Black Magic" argues for his continued success in acting. Contrarily, the younger Eastwood's twangy torch of "Come Rain or Come Shine" demonstrates that the Eastwood musical apple has not fallen at all. Clint has made our day again, and we should all feel lucky, Punk!

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/1997
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624682929
catalogNumber:
46829
Rank:
1084

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Performance Credits

Alison Krauss   Vocals,Track Performer
Rosemary Clooney   Vocals,Track Performer
Tony Bennett   Vocals,Track Performer
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Alan Broadbent   Piano
Pete Christlieb   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Williams   Vocals
Cassandra Wilson   Vocals,Track Performer
Bill Watrous   Trombone
Russell Malone   Guitar
Joshua Redman   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Paula Cole   Vocals,Track Performer
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Darius Campo   Violin
Kevin Eubanks   Guitar
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Pamela Goldsmith   Viola
Endre Granat   Violin
Larry Grenadier   Bass
Charlie Haden   Bass
Dan Higgins   Alto Saxophone
Carrie Holzman-Little   Viola
Gregory Hutchinson   Drums
Patricia Johnson   Violin
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
k.d. lang   Vocals,Track Performer
Richard Locker   Cello
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Kevin Mahogany   Vocals,Track Performer
Marty Manning   Conductor
Larance Marable   Drums
Miguel Martinez   Cello
Christian McBride   Bass
Brad Mehldau   Piano,Track Performer
Eugene J. Moye   Cello
Dan Neufeld   Viola
Maxine Neuman   Cello
Ralph Penland   Drums
Clarence Penn   Drums
Nardo Poy   Viola
Jay Rosen   Violin
David Shamban   Cello
Kwihee Shambanari   Violin
Daniel Shindaryov   Violin
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Sally Shumway   Viola
Ernie Watts   Tenor Saxophone
Diana Krall   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Marc Antoine   Guitar
Ann Roggen   Viola
Louise Schulman   Viola
Stephanie Fricker   Viola
Sheryl Henze   Bass Flute
Kevin Spacey   Vocals,Track Performer
Abba Bogin   Conductor
Alison Eastwood   Vocals,Track Performer
Timothy Malsoh   Flute
Michael Mermagen   Cello
Susan Rotholz   Alto Flute
Jennifer Bellusci   Violin
Domenic Corteese   Accordion
Ron Lawrence   Viola
Karen Jones   Violin
Lily Ho Chen   Violin
Clint Eastwood   Vocals

Technical Credits

Alan Broadbent   Arranger
Gil Goldstein   Arranger
Cassandra Wilson   Arranger
Lennie Niehaus   Arranger
Joshua Redman   Arranger
Ernie Altschuler   Producer
Paul Brown   Engineer
James Farber   Engineer
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Bernie Kirsh   Engineer
Frank Laico   Engineer
Marty Manning   Arranger
Brad Mehldau   Arranger
Matt Pierson   Producer
Schmitt   Engineer
Diana Krall   Arranger
Ted Brosnan   Engineer
Clint Eastwood   Producer

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Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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If you could buy only one CD this year, I have NO IDEA what it should be. Maybe you should get a second job, you deadbeat. But if you buy two CDs (without having to work in a salt mine, or sell Uncle Bob, piece by piece, for experiments), it should be two soundtracks: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and L.A. Confidential. Dark, ethereal, and moody, these albums have an incredible presence, and hold together on their own as great albums, able to stand apart and peer out from beneath the long, great shadows cast by their respective, impressive film counterparts. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a Johnny Mercer 'songbook' as done by mostly modern artists, including Clint Eastwood, Midnight's director. This, of course, proves that Mr. Eastwood is a great ... director. Actor Kevin Spacey fairs better, pulling off "That Old Black Magic" without a hitch. Tony Bennett's "I Wanna Be Around" and Rosemary Clooney's "Fools Rush In" = Fabulous. But the stand-outs are Alison Krauss and k.d. lang. Krauss' "This Time the Dream's On Me" is absolutely, ... well, ... dreamy. "Skylark" as sung by Bobby Darin, is one of the great Croon Tunes, but when done here by k.d. lang, Darin gets the spanking he so richly deserves. lang's full, resonant voice fills the song with a warm, rich majesty. Majesty, my friends. It's good to be the king. And this album is king. Worth the price of admission itself. My suggestion: get both CDs, dim the lights, pour yourself a beverage or four, and listen to these two albums back to back. Repeat as necessary.