Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots


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Puss in Boots

Composer Henry Jackman takes an obvious tack in the early and late parts of his score for the animated prequel to the Shrek series, Puss in Boots, featuring Spanish and other Latin elements for a movie with characters voiced by Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. "A Bad Kitty," the opening track, is a good example of this, as is the second, "One Leche," which recalls the spaghetti Western sound of Ennio Morricone with its echoed whistle and Spanish guitar. "Chasing Tail," meanwhile, boasts mariachi horns for a Mexican feel. On the other end of the score, castanets clatter in "Kitty-Cat Break-Out," and "The Puss Suite" sounds like a passage from a Gipsy Kings record. In between, Jackman is abetted by the Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela on "Diablo Rojo" and "Hanuman." But otherwise the composer moves beyond the Latin styles into a broader orchestral accompaniment sometimes reminiscent of his scores for such other popcorn movies as The Dark Knight and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Jackman understands that in films with overtly cartoonish aspects he is allowed to use overstated and exaggerated effects, bringing them right to the edge of parody without quite going over. That's what he does, for instance, in "That Fateful Night," which is in a heightened mood. Also, of course, his main task is to support what's going on onscreen, and to that end these cues often are really collections of short passages that abruptly shift from one style and mood to another. "The Orphanage," for example, begins in a lighthearted tone, then turns ominous, then lyrical, then stirring as it goes. It's no wonder Jackman cites Debussy as an influence, since he makes use of an impressionistic impulse in which tonal colors can change suddenly with the present sound bearing little relation to what came before or what will come next. It can work seamlessly in the movies; on disc it's a little frenetic, or, put another way, consistently surprising.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/21/2011
Label: Sony Classics
UPC: 0886979854222
catalogNumber: 798542

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Performance Credits

John Barclay   Trumpet
Simon Chamberlain   Celeste
Skaila Kanga   Harp
Gary Kettel   Percussion
Frank Ricotti   Percussion,Marimbas,Vibes,Crotale
David Theodore   Oboe
Dudley Bright   Trombone
Mary Scully   Bass
Peter Lale   Viola
Martin Owen   French Horn
Profesionales   Percussion Ensemble
David Hartley   Piano
Paul Clarvis   Percussion
Gavin Greenaway   Conductor,Choir Conductor
Metro Voices   Choir, Chorus
Owen Slade   Tuba
Jon Carnac   Clarinet
Rodrigo y Gabriela   Group
Josephine Knight   Cello
Karen Jones   Flute
Daniel Jemison   Bassoon
Bryce Jacobs   Guitar
Jenny O'Grady   Choir Master
Ben Fordham   Human Whistle

Technical Credits

Alan Meyerson   Score Mixer
Dennis Sands   Score Mixer
Nick Wollage   Engineering
Daniel Kresco   Engineering
Everton Nelson   Orchestra Leader
Alison Burton   Studio Manager
Henry Jackman   Composer
Dan Butler   Music Business Affairs
Jennifer Schiller   Music Business Affairs
Matthew Margeson   Additional Music
Steven Kofsky   Production Service
Gabriela Quintero   Composer
Rodrigo Sanchez   Composer
Czarina Russell   Studio Manager
Liz McNicoll   Music Business Affairs
Jeff Biggers   Engineering
Stephen Coleman   Score Orchestration
John Ashton Thomas   Orchestration
Dominic Lewis   Additional Music
Tommy Laurence   Orchestration

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