Music for Films

Music for Films

by Phillip JohnstonPhillip Johnston


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/1998
Label: Tzadik
UPC: 0702397751021
catalogNumber: 7510

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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