Great jazz, with or without the movie.
Troy Schilperoort | 04/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After seeing "Round Midnight," I knew I had to buy the soundtrack, and if you too have seen the movie, you know what I mean. All the recordings on here were recorded live for the movie, which gives it a great intimate feeling. At the same time, the sound quality on this particular CD is surprisingly good.
If you haven't seen the movie you should know that even though much of the soundtrack does features dexter, the supporting cast is just as important featuring Herbie Hancock, as well as occasional appearances by the likes of Cedar Walton, Bobby Hutcherson, Bobby McFerrin, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, and others.
Overall, a very solid soundtrack with memorable versions of many standards and some of Dexter Gordon's and Herbie Hancock's finest playing."
Great Film, Great Soundtrack, Great Jazz
Dr. Debra Jan Bibel | Oakland, CA USA | 08/31/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The movie depicts the passion of jazz from both the perspective of a particular French fan and of musicians, particularly Dexter Gordon, who at the time found a musical home in France. The lineup of musicians playing in the film and this soundtrack are true giants: Chet Baker, Ron Carter, Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Billy Higgins, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Bobby McFerrin, John McLaughlin, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, Tony Williams, and Lonette McKee, vocalist. That roster alone should make your eyebrows rise in anticipation. Moreover, the selections include classics...Round Midnight, Body and Soul, The Peacocks, Rhythm-a-ning...and the very haunting tune by Hancock, Chan's Song (Never Said), which is emphasized by McFerrin's vocalise. This is lovely listening and excellent dinner jazz. Rent the film and buy this recording. Create memories."