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Havana: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks
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Barb R. from LITTLETON, NC
Reviewed on 11/11/2012...
I LOVE THE CD AND EVEN THO I'M ALMOST 75 YEARS OLD , I MAY TAKE SALSa lessons !1
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A beautiful score from a real pro...
Barnaby Finch | Idyllwild, California | 12/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Havana may have been a mediocre movie, but the score by Dave Grusin is lovely and under-appreciated. Dave is one of the finest film music composers, having contributed to, among others, "Three Days Of The Condor", "Tootsie", "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter", "The Graduate", "The Firm", "The Cure", and "Random Hearts", all scores worth listening to. He won a Grammy for "The Fabulous Baker Boys", and an Oscar for "The Milagro Beanfield War".
Dave is at his lyrical best here, with a gorgeous main theme that has amazing motivic development. Film composers are notoriously rushed into completing their music - it's at the end of production and everyone wants the film out. The word on this score is that Sydney Pollack, out of respect for Dave, gave him a more reasonable amount of time to complete this beautiful work. Another reviewer in these pages has noted some similarities in thematic material from cue to cue, but this is not a flaw in Grusin's composing, but is the nature of film music. One introduces a theme and then varies and re-uses it throughout the film - it helps to conjure up feelings of nostalgia and provides effective emotional subtext. It's best to listen to film music compilations like a musician would - with close attention to the subtle variations on a few themes. I notice a little Michel Legrand influence here and there.
An absolutely magnificent piece of scoring from one of the industry's best...
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 06/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dave Grusin confirms once more the arsenal of his creative powers when composed this unusual soundtrack with a little help from his friends: Ritenour, Valentin Sandoval, Acuña and a lot of talented musicians who were extremely inspired.
Fabulous Latin mood.
Above the average all the way: You won't believe it.