ADDIO FRATELLO CRUDELE – Ennio Morricone (Digitmovies CDDM 065) – 67:38
E RIDENDO L’UCCISE – Ennio Morricone (Beat CDCR 73)
THE GRUDGE 2 – Christopher Young (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 771 2)
IL GATTO A NOVE CODE (Cat O’ Nine Tails) – Ennio Morricone (GDM CD Club 7037)
KLAUS KINSKI HORROR TRILOGY – Berto Pisano / Elio Maestosi & Stefano Liberati (Digitmovies CDDM 066, 2 CDs)
LA PIOVRA (The Octopus) – Ennio Morricone (Rai Trade FRT 420, 2 CDs) – 143:18
LA SCONOSCIUTA – Ennio Morricone (RCA 88697027922)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (Complete) – Howard Shore (Reprise 44376)
MURPH THE SURF – Phillip Lambro (Perseverance PRD 014)
UMA VERGINE TRA I MORTI VIVENTI – Bruno Nicolai (Digitmovies CDDM 067)
ZENABEL – Bruno Nicolai (Saimel 3997610)
Concord – BABEL (Gustavo Santaolalla, November 21th)
Dutton Vocalion – QUO VADIS / BEN HUR (Miklos Rozsa, re-recording conducted by the composer, December)
Varèse Sarabande – December 19th: NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (Alan Silvestri), WE ARE MARSHALL (Christophe Beck), BLOOD DIAMOND (James Newton Howard)
CD Club, November: CAREFUL, HE MIGHT HEAR YOU (Ray Cook, limited edition of 1000 copies), LUCAS (Dave Grusin, limited edition of 2000 copies), SEVEN CITIES OF GOLD / THE RAINS OF RANCHIPUR (Hugo Friedhofer, limited edition of 1000 copies), BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ (Elmer Bernstein, limited edition of 3000 copies), RUNAWAY (Jerry Goldsmith, limited edition of 2000 copies)
Moviescore Media – CHASING GHOSTS (Scott Glasgow, November)
Silva Screen Records – THE DEPARTED (Howard Shore, November 13th)
Silva America – THE NATIVITY (Mychael Danna, December 5th)
DEAD RINGER (1964) – Andre Previn (FSMCD Vol.9 No.15)
ELOISE AT THE PLAZA / ELOISE AT CHRISTMASTIME – Bruce Broughton (Intrada Signature Edition ISE1009, 2 CDs) – 101:30
THE LIQUIDATOR – Lalo Schifrin (FSMCD Vol.9 No.16)
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.
Film score Monthly – November: DEAD RINGER (André Previn), THE LIQUIDATOR (Lalo Schifrin)
New Line Records – THE DEPARTED (Howard Shore, December 5th)
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.
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)
“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.