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Music for Films
Phillip Johnston
Music for Films
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks
 
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The most well-known film on this collection is the 1993 adaptation of Paul Auster's novel Music of Chance, a title that aptly describes the tracks that make up its score. The lush, forlorn violins found on "Hymn of the Sou...  more »

      
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All Artists: Phillip Johnston
Title: Music for Films
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Tzadik
Release Date: 6/16/1998
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks
Style: Avant Garde & Free Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 702397751021

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The most well-known film on this collection is the 1993 adaptation of Paul Auster's novel Music of Chance, a title that aptly describes the tracks that make up its score. The lush, forlorn violins found on "Hymn of the Souls Who Are Passing" turn into dribbled tobacco juice and menacing banjo pluckings in "Atonal Hillbilly Music"--only to slurped up by "The Last Poker Game," which buzzes with guitar howls reminiscent of the noise the Birthday Party used to kick up. Other highlights include giddy gypsy-lounge elements found in the score from Geld and tender flute and harp duets from Umbrellas. An excellent chance to hear Johnston away from his bands the Microscopic Septet and the Transparent Quartet. --Michael Woodring
 

CD Reviews

Almost Zorn, but more Accessible
pzmolek | Cape Girardeau, MO United States | 12/22/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Fans of John Zorn's film series will immediately feel comfortable here: short ideas that intermingle widely varying musical worlds. Romantic old world cellos; niteclub jive; the jazz overtones of French noir detective cinema; Middle Eastern folk dance; Grand Ole Opry violins; shattered glass electric guitar; the circus sound from Fellini films; New Orleans' funeral dirge...It's all there but something is missing; I feel vaguely unsatisfied. It just isn't as dense as Zorn. Or as wonderfully manically schizophrenic. I know it isn't fair to compare; the music should be taken on its own terms without being subjected to comparison but it is almost impossible to listen to this CD without realizing the influence that Zorn has had on fellow composers. This is a quality collection of music with excellent musicianship but I would rather listen to one of John Zorn's six million different CDs. There are some really nice pieces here that aren't as demanding on the listener; a good transition compilation to ween your mate off of easy listening into the world of difficult music. A good CD to listen to when you want something interesting without being overly demanding or intrusive."