Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil

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All Music Guide - Matthew Robinson
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Matthew Robinson
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!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/1997
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624682929
  • Catalog Number: 46829
  • Sales rank: 1,090

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Skylark - k.d. lang (3:46)
  2. 2 Too Marvelous for Words - Joe Williams (3:40)
  3. 3 Autumn Leaves - Paula Cole (5:06)
  4. 4 Fools Rush In - Rosemary Clooney (4:10)
  5. 5 Dream - Brad Mehldau (5:10)
  6. 6 Days of Wine and Roses - Cassandra Wilson (4:47)
  7. 7 That Old Black Magic - Kevin Spacey (3:33)
  8. 8 Come Rain or Come Shine - Alison Eastwood (4:32)
  9. 9 AC-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive - Clint Eastwood (3:35)
  10. 10 This Time the Dream's on Me - Alison Krauss (3:46)
  11. 11 Laura - Kevin Mahogany (4:49)
  12. 12 Midnight Sun - Diana Krall (4:01)
  13. 13 I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande) - Joshua Redman (4:59)
  14. 14 I Wanna Be Around - Tony Bennett (2:10)
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Album Credits

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
Greg Calbi Mastering
James Farber Engineer
Joe Ferla Engineer
Bernie Kirsh Engineer
Frank Laico Engineer
Marty Manning Arranger
Brad Mehldau Arranger
Matt Pierson Producer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Diana Krall Arranger
Ted Brosnan Engineer
Clint Eastwood Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A GREAT Soundtrack Album

    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.

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