Red Tails [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Red Tails [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Terence Blanchard

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Red Tails [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

The score for Anthony Hemingway's film Red Tails is the 33rd by trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard. The music was performed by the FILMharmonic Orchestra and Choir in Prague, under the direction of Adam Klemens. The orchestration, done by Blanchard in collaboration with Howard Drossin, is large in scale, expansive, and dramatic. The trumpeter also appears here, along with percussionist Kendrick Scott and pianist Fabian Almazan. Given that the film is a WWII-era drama about the Tuskegee Airmen, the music is surprisingly modern; it's a combination of action film textures and dynamics, classical extravagances, and choral overtones in its cues. The "Opening Titles" theme greets even the most ardent Blanchard fans with shock: with blazing heavy metal guitars, pulsing synths and sequencers, nearly bombastic brass, and electronic percussion exploding into the fore. These notions are expanded upon continually, in "The Train," "Lightning in Trouble," and numerous other cues. The rumbling drums, transcendent vocal choruses, horns, strings, and synths give the militaristic bent of the film's subject matter weight. There are more atmospheric cues here though they are at a minimum; while they provide dynamic relief, they heighten the tension even further -- check "Junior's Prison" and "Paper Plane." There is great magisterial content here, too, as evidenced by "Mission Orders/Stance Berlin." Blanchard's task -- to provide a big-budget Hollywood film with a score worthy of its subject -- succeeds. It's obvious he's spent a great deal of time listening to Wagner and Strauss, as well as to German electronic outfits and Hans Zimmer, and has integrated them to reflect his own signature -- in "Attack from Above," he quotes from his score for A Tale of God's Will. Tacked on to the end of Blanchard's score are a few period pieces to make the soundtrack complete. These include the Andrews Sisters' "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and the Ink Spots' "Bless You." Thankfully, you can hit the stop button right after the beauty and grandeur of the "End Credits/America the Beautiful," performed by the trumpeter with percussionist Kendrick Scott and pianist Almazan fronting the orchestra. This is Blanchard's most unusual and populist score by Hollywood standards; that said, it's a complete gas to listen to.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/07/2012
Label: Sony Classics
UPC: 0886919431124
catalogNumber: 194311

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Terence Blanchard   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Andrews Sisters   Vocal Ensemble
Harry James   Conductor
Maxine Sullivan   Conductor,Vocals
Ink Spots   Vocal Ensemble
Vic Schoen   Conductor
Adam Klemens   Conductor
Kendrick Scott   Percussion
FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague   Performing Ensemble
Maxine Sullivan Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Filmharmonic Choir   Choir, Chorus
Fabian Almazan   Piano
Harry James Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Vic Schoen Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Terence Blanchard   Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Howard Drossin   Orchestration
Hughie Prince   Composer
Don Raye   Songwriter
Jule Styne   Songwriter
Frank Wolf   Engineering
Samuel A. Ward   Original Material
Eddie Lane   Composer
Don Baker   Songwriter
Katharine Lee Bates   Original Material
Long Vu   Art Direction

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