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|1. The Mooche|
|2. Cotton Club Stomp #2|
|3. Drop Me Off In Harlem|
|4. Creole Love Call|
|5. Ring Dem Bells|
|6. East St. Louis Toodle-0|
|8. Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good)|
|9. Cotton Club Stomp #1|
|10. Mood Indigo|
|11. Minnie The Moocher|
|12. Copper Colored Gal|
|13. Dixie Kidnaps Vera|
|14. The Depression Hits / Best Beats Sandman|
|15. Daybreak Express Medley|
The Cotton Club soundtrack is a perfect accompaniment to the movie and features 13 of jazzman Bob Wilber's stunning recreations of jazz classics of the era and two examples of John Barry's evocative and deeply romantic score.
The CD seems to be a straight lift from the vinyl released at the time of movie and therefore reflects the limitations of an LP in terms of time. Consequently, many fine performances get lost - notwithstanding John Barry's score other casualties include Larry Marshall's none too convincing version of Cab Calloway's Jitterbug and The Lady With The Fan, Sydney Goldsmith's bawdy rendition of Lucille Brogan's Barebecue Bess, Diane Lane and Richard Gere's charming Am I Blue? and Gregory and Maurice Hines supercharged performance of Crazy Rhythm - there's lots more missing. I suppose it's because the movie tanked at the box office so no-one at Geffen Records is going to bother to expand the score which is a shame.
Moans aside, what you do get is great. Bob Wilber should be applauded for his attention to detail in creating the spirit and feel of the great dance music of the 30's without the pops and crackles.
Like other reviewers here, I am mightily impressed by the faithfulness of the arrangements of songs created by some of the greats--Arlen and Ellington, in particular. The excellence of the music's realization truly comes through on the CD.
The vocal productions frequently do not match the high level of the instrumental work, but it is wonderful to hear all the lyrics of so many classics of the "Cotton Club" era. And, Gregory Hines's rendition of "Copper Colored Gal" is a special treat for those of us who love his singing even when we can't watch his dancing!
Overall, I'd say "The Cotton Club" Soundtrack CD is a welcome addition to any collection of original Elligton and Calloway tunes. I also think the CD can provide a terrific introduction of the music to anyone who hasn't been fortunate enough to discover it yet. I only wish the CD contained more of it.