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'Round Midnight - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (24 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Music Jazz
  • ASIN: B000063X8G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 'Round Midnight
  2. Body And Soul
  3. Bérangère's Nightmare
  4. Fair Weather
  5. Una Noche Con Francis
  6. The Peacocks
  7. How Long Has This Been Going On?
  8. Rhythm-A-Ning
  9. Still Time
  10. Minuit Aux Champs-Elysées
  11. Chan's Song (Never Said)
  12. 'Round Midnight

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CD lightly scratched - .Label: Legacy.Published: 2002/'Track 12 is a bonus track recorded December 1976 at t

BBC Review

There are precious few jazz movies, even fewer half-decent ones. Round Midnight, with its portrayal of an ageing American exile in Paris, is one of the very best ever made. Essential elements of its success are Dexter Gordon's bewitching central performance plus Bernard Taverniers direction and screenplay. Despite that, this soundtrack won the films only Oscar, for Herbie Hancock. However, the actual music is most usually praised in the context of the movie - the authentic 50s club atmosphere that it helps create is vital to the film rather than in its own right. This reissue provides an opportunity to reassess it.

Hancock assembled a stellar company that was also something of a Blue Note reunion; they include the classic pairing of Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums, John McLaughlin on guitar, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Wayne Shorter on saxes, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Cedar Walton on piano, Billy Higgins on drums, Pierre Michelot on bass, and Bobby McFerrin on vocals. Although they did not aim for faithful reproductions of late 50s jazz, they could not include obviously anachronistic elements. This can give the music rather a mannered feel. There is often a sense of the musicians playing in role, rather than letting go and being themselves. Ironically, one of the best tracks, the Hancock composition "Bérangéres Nightmare" is the most anachronistic; dissonant and rhythmically inventive, it would have been revolutionary in 1959.

This album should really be credited to Hancock, not Gordon. The pianist's arrangements, rhythm playing, solos and compositions underpin the whole venture. His duo with Hutcherson on "Minuit Aux Champs-Elysées" is an understated gem. Despite Gordon's starring role in the movie, he is not central to the music, appearing on less than half of the tracks. He produces a pleasantly languid version of "Body and Soul", but his best performance here is the bonus version of "Round Midnight", which is from his 1976 Homecoming album, nothing to do with the movie at all!

On the two tracks where he appears - a tenor joust with Gordon on the up-tempo "Una Nocha Con Francis", and particularly with his soprano playing on "The Peacocks" - Wayne Shorter steals the sax honours. The most poignant track here is "Fair Weather" with Chet Baker typically fragile on vocal and trumpet. Although the central character in Round Midnight was based on an amalgam of Bud Powell and Lester Young, he contains elements of Baker's own notoriously self-destructive personality.

All of the music here evokes the period well, but it is ultimately best enjoyed as a soundtrack, with the added pleasure of the visuals. I'd recommend you to get the DVD or video not the CD. --John Eyles

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Format: Audio CD
As stated above...I'm inclined to rate this far far higher than the other reviewer on here. I agree that it's dissapointing that there isn't a 2cd edition, but the music on this cd itself is some of the finest jazz for those both discovering it anew and for veteran listeners. It's a remarkable production, featuring many of the greatest performers at the peak of there powers. Most notably: Herbie Hancock, with piano playing that is achingly beautiful & pure perfection: Dexter Gordon: who was experimenting with jazz versions of 80's pop songs around this time; which seems to enhance some of the tracks that he plays his sax on & Chet Baker who was making something of a comeback & is sublime on Fair Weather - perhaps the best version of the song ever recorded. I could go on and on about this cd for ever but I can recomend no finer mix of jazz stylings vocal; instrumental; new songs; old songs on one cd.
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When one my favorite directors, Bertrand Tavernier, tackled the theme of jazz (and Americans in Paris) he did so wisely, not relying only on his affection for the music, but also on some real jazz superstars and giants. That Herbie Hancock was one of them is a great and fortunate decision, for he brings deep understanding of the classic /50s/ jazz on this CD, plays and composes beautifully and hires and arranges musicians with ghusto and great taste.
Among the highlights (in addition to Herbie's playing) is Chet Baker's glorious track and two spots for Wayne Shorter, while Dexter is strongest at the bonus "Round Midnight" track from a completely different album.

Obviously, this is hardly the cutting-edge state of the art jazz, but it's beautiful, particularly if you like the older styles;
other great contributors to this album include Bobby Hutcherson on vibes (who works beautifully with Herbie) and Freddie Hubbard (who is playing some hot hard bop).
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This 1986 album is music taken from the soundtrack to the film "Round Midnight" (apparently not the complete soundtrack). Altogether eleven tracks lasting around fifty minutes or so (plus a "bonus track" of Dexter Gordon's "Round Midnight" from 1976 lasting 13 minutes).
Although the CD is released under Gordon's name it really ought to have been released under the name of Herbie Hancock who plays on ten of the eleven tracks, and was the main arranger. Gordon plays on just five. Other musicians involved include Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Pierre Michelot, Billy Higgins, John McLaughlin, Chet Baker, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Bobby McFerrin and Lonette McKee (quite a gallery).
The music is not "original film score" (despite being awarded an Oscar!) but is a collection of jazz tunes such as Jimmy Rowles "The peacocks", Bud Powell's "Una Noche Con Francis" or Monk's "Rhythm-A-Ning" with lesser know tunes. With such a galaxy of stars it would be invidious to select best tracks. An interesting variety of tunes and combination of musicians. The bonus track is very good too.
Not quite a five star album but nevertheless worth listening to.
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Dissapointing, this is the soundtrack CD to the superb jazz film Round Midnight, featuring Dexter Gordon. Unfortunatly there is music featured in the film, but not included on the CD. There is probably enough great music from this superb film to provide a double CD package. Titles such as Now's the Time ;Autumn in New York; As time goes by etc; There may be good reasons for this omission? However that said, the CD provides a good flavour of what to expect from the film.
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Excellent service! Would recommend to anyone. Arrived in no time and as advertised!
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