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JAMES HORNER FILM MUSIC | September 24, 2023 |

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  • 1.  	Main Title (03:00) 2.  	"Too Many Secrets" (06:17) 3.  	The Sneakers Theme (03:35) 4.  	Cosmo... Old Friend (07:09) 5.  	The Hand-Off (03:08) 6.  	Planning the Sneak (03:22) 7.  	Playtronics Break-In (10:39) 8.  	The Escape / Whistler's Rescue (03:24) 9.  	Goodbye (03:25) 10.  	"...And the Blind shall See" (04:30)

  • Orchestrations: Brad Dechter, Frank Bennett
    Sound engineer: Shawn Murphy
    Supervising music editor: Jim Henrikson
    Music editor: Joe E. Rand
    Assistant music editor: Jeff Charbonneau, James Flamberg
    Music contractor: Sandy DeCrescent
    Piano: Ralph Grierson
    Percussions: Michael Fisher
    Saxophone: Brandford Marsalis, Joel C. Peskin
    Synthesizers: Ian Underwood
    Vocals: Sally Stevens, Darlene Koldenhoven

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    James Horner always focused on story and especially character. Famously (within the Horner community at least), he once stated in the context of his two Star Trek scores that it was always about Spock and Kirk and that “the action would take care of itself”. It should come as no surprise that this focus on characters and their humanity has been the obvious guideline for a series of articles such as this. I have always selected music cues I believe James Horner would have wanted to see discussed. For this episode, however, the reader’s attention is directed toward three cues[...]


    "It's logical" is a series of articles about the logical construction, the coherence, the visual, narrative, symbolic and emotional dimensions of the many and significant allusions and quotes that James Horner always peppered his work with.     Beyond the colors of the piano, Sally Stevens and Darlene Koldenhoven’s ethereal vocals and Branford Marsalis’s warm saxophone, Sneakers (1992) features a mysterious and captivating theme. All of its statements accompany interactions between the movie’s two antagonists, Bishop (Robert Redford) and Cosmo (Ben Kinsley). This theme first appears in a particularly high-speed statement four seconds into the Main Title, where it returns twice (at 1:22 and[...]


    Everybody has a right to judge James Horner's music and not to like it. Generally this disenchantment is reflected in terribly pejorative verbs such as dig up, borrow, pump, copy, plagiarize ... The kind of actions the composer is accused of, putting forward the idea of ‌‌a lazy craftsman's poor and sloppy work: the pickaxe as an unsubtle tool, borrowing as a sign of weakness, pumping for large quantities, copying for the lack of creativity, plagiarism as a lack of respect towards the other composers. It is difficult to go against this phenomenon because the allegations are undeniable: Indeed, it is indisputable[...]


    Sally Stevens is an American singer from Los Angeles. She has been part of most choral music works for Hollywood movies, and for several years has played a major role as an intermediary between composers and choirs/singers, and is as such referred to as "choir / vocal contractor." She brings in vocal talents who can meet the composers' needs for their choral parts. As a soprano, she sang in the choir she founded, the Hollywood Film Chorale, and performed the sublime song Flying Dreams in The Secret of NIMH (Jerry Goldsmith). A really accomplished artist, Sally Stevens is also passionate about photography.[...]


    By darlene susco (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Branford Marsalis (born 26 August 1960, in New Orleans, Louisiana (United States)) is a saxophonist, jazz composer and actor. He is the brother of Wynton Marsalis. In the 1970s, with Herbie Hancock, he played and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. In 1986, the saxophonist formed his quartet with pianist Kenny Kirkland, drummer Jeff Watts and bassist Bob Hurst and in 2001, Branford Marsalis won the award for best instrumental album of the year for Contemporary Jazz (2000), at the 43rd Grammy Awards.    Source: Wikipedia - Official site:     [...]

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