R.I.P.: TOMMY JOHNSON

Tommy Johnson, the studio musician who performed the tuba solos for the original recording of John Williams’s classic score for Jaws, died on October 16th in Los Angeles. Other musician’s credits include such classic scores as The Godfather, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Titanic.

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES

Film score Monthly – November: DEAD RINGER (André Previn), THE LIQUIDATOR (Lalo Schifrin)
New Line Records – THE DEPARTED (Howard Shore, December 5th)

PIANIST STARR PARODI HOMAGES BOND ON HER NEW ALBUM

Pianist Starr Parodi, perhaps most well known as being the pianist on the ‘Arsenio Hall Show’ in the US, re-interprets the James Bond theme on her new album ‘Common Places’, to be released November 14th. The piece was featured in the trailers for Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day and was also released on the ‘Best of Bond’ album.

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES

CARNIVAL OF SOULS – Gene Moore (Citadel STC 77138)
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS – Clint Eastwood (Milan 36203) – 59:41
GUNS FOR SAN SEBASTIAN (Expanded) – Ennio Morricone (FSMCD Vol.9 No.14)
NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Special Edition) – Danny Elfman (Disney 61636)
THE PROPHECY II – David Williams (Perseverance PRD 015)
RANDOM HARVEST / THE YEARLING – Herbert Stothart (FSMCD Vol.9 No.13)

ANDREW GROSS SCORES FOR THE (SELF PROCLAIMED) GREATEST BAND ON EARTH

“TENACIOUS D IN: THE PICK OF DESTINY” Opening November 22

(Los Angeles, CA) Musician/composer Andrew Gross scores “Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny” for New Line Cinema and director Liam Lynch. Starring Jack Black, Kyle Gass and Will Ferrell, “Pick of Destiny” tells the story of how “The D” became the self proclaimed greatest band on Earth. Gross and Black have a long history together – the two were Crossroads High School classmates in his native Los Angeles– and Gross had done strings for several songs on Tenacious D’s platinum selling debut album. The film opens November 22.


It is no surprise that Gross would work with former classmate Jack Black. The two had been discussing a collaboration for a long while. After shows or whenever I saw him – in fact, I think even left messages on his voice mail – I’d say, “Dude, if you ever need any strings or orchestra I’d love to do it,” says Gross. When the movie came along, the promised call came from Black.
Though he and collaborator John King were first brought aboard to provide orchestral and choral arrangements to the songs used in the film, it quickly became evident that the film needed dramatic underscore of an orchestral nature. The score enhances the film’s comedic moments by playing them big. “The approach to the score was really fun,” Gross says, “It changes from cue to cue depending on where we are in the film and what tone we’re going after.” For instance, in a scene where Jack Black’s “JB” is getting beat up by “Clockwork Orange”-looking characters, the composers rode the line between making it regal and classical like Stanley Kubrick would, but still scoring to the picture. Also, the duo used a choir and orchestra when the JB and KG talk about their destiny to be together, making fun of the ridiculousness of the conversation.

“One thing I like about Tenacious D is that they’re two guys who just want to play the best rock ‘n’ roll music,” Gross says. “The movie is about how can they rock harder than anyone else. What do Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and Angus Young have that they don’t?” Gross has scored and written music for dozens of feature films and television shows, including the upcoming feature “Forfeit,” a thriller with religious overtones for which Gross created an atmospheric, textural and dark score. Seizing the opportunity to explore a different genre, he employed fresh elements including a young boy soprano and a percussive instrument called a Mazdaphone, a 1970s Mazda hubcap with a spring strung across it.

THE 6th WORLD SOUNDTRACK AWARDS WINNERS

Alberto Iglesias is the big winner of the World Soundtrack Awards 2006. He won both the Award of Soundtrack Composer of the Year and Best Original Soundtrack of the year with the music he wrote for The Constant Gardener. The prestigious film music awards were presented during the 33rd Flanders International Film Festival Ghent on Saturday October 14 for the sixth time running. Follows the complete winners list:

Soundtrack Composer of the Year – Alberto Iglesias (The Constant Gardener)
Best Original Soundtrack of the Year (Orchestral) – Alberto Iglesias (The Constant Gardener)
Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film – “Our Town” (Cars, Randy Newman, performed by James Taylor)
Discovery of the Year – Evanthia Reboutsika (My Father & My Son)
Public Choice Award – Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain)

UPCOMING SCORE ASSIGNMENTS

Tyler Bates: Resident Evil: Extinction
Teddy Castellucci: Wild Hogs • Are We Done Yet?
Jeff Danna: Closing the Ring • C7
Evan Evans: The Mercy Man
Andrew Gross: Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny • Forfeit
James Jandrisch: American Venus
Tim Jones: Eye of the Dolphin • The Death and Life of Bobby Z • The Children
John Kaefer: Room Service (co-composer) • Night FallsMatthew Kajcienski: Room Service (co-composer)
Geoff Levin: The Rat Thing
Joseph LoDuca: The Messengers
Mark Mothersbaugh: Fanboys
Barrington Pheloung: And When Did You Last See Your Father?
John Powell: Horton Hears a Who
Jasper Randall: Me & You, Us, Forever
Dominik Scherrer: Scenes of a Sexual Nature
Marc Shaiman: Slammer
Edward Shearmur: Fast Track • Dedication • The Other Boleyn Girl
Brian Tyler: Finishing the Game • Alien vs. Predator 2
Nathan Wang: Game Plan
Craig Wedren: The Ten • Balls of Fury

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES

ALLONSANFAN (Expanded) – Ennio Morricone (GDM CD Club)
THE DOG’S MASTER – Carlo Silotto (La-La Land LLLCD 1047)
DUCK YOU SUCKER (GIU’ LA TESTA) – Ennio Morricone (Cinevox MDF 612, 2 CDs) – 102:23
I MOSTRI / IL GAUCHO – Armando Trovaioli (GDM 2072) – 59:58
AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH – Michael Brook (High Wire 165)
INFAMOUS – Rachel Portman (Milan 36189)
LIFEFORCE – Henry Mancini & Michael Kamen (BSXCD 8844, 2 CDs)
NAME FOR EVIL / THE UNKNOWN – Dominic Frontiere (La-La Land LLLCD 1051) – 53:53
THE PRESTIGE – David Julyan (Hollywood 1402) – 48:21
THE RAZOR’S EDGE (1944) – Alfred Newman (SAE-CRS-015) – 63:37
SHOSTAKOVICH: FILM MUSIC VOL. 3 – Dmitri Shostakovich (Chandos 10361) – 79:47
STARGATE (Deluxe Edition) – David Arnold (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 743 2)
TIDELAND – Mychael Danna & Jeff Danna (Ryko 10874)
ULTIMATE JAMES BOND COLLECTION – John Barry, Bill Conti, David Arnold, etc (Silva 1212)