Music for Films

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All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
A series of short pieces set a variety of moods, from mournful introspection to waltzy vibraphone pop to upbeat, funk sassiness to the kind of trance craziness that only psychotic banjos can bring. On Music for Films, Philip Johnston shows off his amazing breadth and depth, with compositions for four films: Geld directed by Doris Dörrie; Money Man and Music of Chance both directed by Philip Haas; and Umbrellas directed by Henry Corra, Grahame, Weinbren, and Albert Maysles. The tracks are not entirely in order by film for example, the songs from Geld are tracks 13-18 and 27-31, which makes it difficult at times to get an overall feel for the music of a particular film. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
A series of short pieces set a variety of moods, from mournful introspection to waltzy vibraphone pop to upbeat, funk sassiness to the kind of trance craziness that only psychotic banjos can bring. On Music for Films, Philip Johnston shows off his amazing breadth and depth, with compositions for four films: Geld directed by Doris Dörrie; Money Man and Music of Chance both directed by Philip Haas; and Umbrellas directed by Henry Corra, Grahame, Weinbren, and Albert Maysles. The tracks are not entirely in order by film for example, the songs from Geld are tracks 13-18 and 27-31, which makes it difficult at times to get an overall feel for the music of a particular film. The music within each film, however, is so varied that it makes little difference. This album has the kind of non-obtrusive beauty that makes film music great. It is easy to imagine it coloring a scene and helping to make it unforgettable, and difficult to imagine it distracting or overpowering one. This is a fine addition to Johnston's work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/1998
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397751021
  • Catalog Number: 7510
  • Sales rank: 146,863

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hymn of the Souls Who Are Passing (1:56)
  2. 2 Pozzi Winning (1:07)
  3. 3 Willie's Room (3:50)
  4. 4 Pozzi Losing (1:27)
  5. 5 Walking to the Hotel (0:25)
  6. 6 Discovering the Body (1:01)
  7. 7 The Contract (0:33)
  8. 8 Atonal Hillbilly Music (3:21)
  9. 9 The Last Poker Game (1:06)
  10. 10 Drawing 1 (2:35)
  11. 11 Waiting 4 (0:50)
  12. 12 JSG Boggs (2:42)
  13. 13 Money (3:17)
  14. 14 The Four Just Men (2:36)
  15. 15 Carmen's Fantasy (1:19)
  16. 16 Traveling Music (1:19)
  17. 17 Carmen Robs the Bank (2:49)
  18. 18 Eternal Rendezvous (2:53)
  19. 19 Prolouge (1:41)
  20. 20 First Typhoon (0:47)
  21. 21 Last Umbrellas, No. 1 (2:09)
  22. 22 Storm Rising (2:26)
  23. 23 Closing Umbrellas (1:07)
  24. 24 Last Umbrellas, No. 2 (1:35)
  25. 25 Raising Umbrellas (2:57)
  26. 26 Drawing 2 (1:10)
  27. 27 Life's Other Mystery (4:19)
  28. 28 Carmen's Fantasy 2 (1:23)
  29. 29 Carmen's Romance (2:34)
  30. 30 Werner/Gabriella Theme (1:23)
  31. 31 Carmen's Waltz (0:56)
  32. 32 Drawing 5 (1:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Phillip Johnston Primary Artist, Soprano Saxophone
Guy Klucevsek Accordion
Allan Chase Alto Saxophone
Stew Cutler Guitar, Electric Guitar
Robert DeBellis Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Dave Douglas Trumpet
Richard Dworkin Drums, talking drum
Mark Feldman Violin
Joel Forrester Organ, Piano
Erik Friedlander Cello
Juliet Haffner Viola
Jody Harris Electric Guitar
Dave Hofstra Tuba, Bass Guitar, Double Bass
Beverly Lauridsen Cello
Elizabeth Panzer Harp
Sue Pray Violin
Adam Rogers Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Laura Seaton Violin
Kevin Trainor Acoustic Guitar
David Tronzo Dobro
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Kevin Norton Percussion, Drums, Vibes
Ray Vega Trumpet
Joe Ruddick Piano, Hammond Organ, Sampling, Hammond B3
Mike Sim Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Don Davis Alto Saxophone
Steven Bernstein Trumpet
Paul Shapiro Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Hugo Dwyer Engineer
Phillip Johnston Composer
Peter Darmi Engineer
Denise McGrath Engineer
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