30 Rock

30 Rock

by Jeff Richmond

CD(Special Edition)

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With all of the things going on in any given episode of 30 Rock, it's easy to overlook just how big a part the show's music plays in its comedic brilliance. This ample soundtrack rectifies that, dedicating most of one disc to Jeff Richmond's score and one to the songs sung by the cast. Listening to Richmond's music on its own reveals just how much of its personality is reflected in the show and vice versa; based in jazz, big band, and lounge, his cues are sophisticated and goofy at the same time, and witty in their own right. There are few other shows where a piece adapted from Franz Schubert appears alongside a track called "Spanx." Richmond rummages through musical history, coming up with sounds that are retro and fresh: "Theme from 30 Rock" nods to Carl Stalling and Raymond Scott, among others, as it bounds along with cartoonish glee; "Cha Cha" channels a sleek, Henry Mancini vibe; and "Claire" evokes Django Reinhardt with its brisk whimsy. Richmond is also nothing if not versatile; for every outrageous piece like the campy, brassy "Boys in Gayland," there's something subtler, like "Meet Donny"'s suave lounge or "Sunset Rounds," a piece of almost completely straight piano jazz with just a few winks. Perhaps Richmond's most successful feat is imbuing 30 Rock's music with New York City's essence. "Lizzie's Blues" distills it with a melody inspired by Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," but the lilting woodwinds that flit throughout the score keep it lingering in the background. There are a few songs with vocals on the first disc, most notably Tina Fey and Jason Sudeikis' '60s musical homage to "Cleveland" and Michael Bublé's "Mr. Templeton," but the fun really begins on disc two, which almost feels like a compilation of Jane Krakowski's greatest hits. Jenna Maroney is the biggest songbird on 30 Rock and its show within a show, TGS, and there's enough of her glorious hamminess to fill a deli on "Muffin Top," "Make a Pizza," "Tennis Night," and "That's Her." However, other members of the cast manage to get some songs in edgewise, most notably Tracy Morgan, whose "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah" might be the single funniest thing on the set. Yet the best song overall might be "All My Nights I've Been Waiting." Sung by Christopher Cross, it's a pitch-perfect parody and homage to songs like "Arthur's Theme," and another of the many ways 30 Rock pays tribute to the New York comedies that came before it. The feeling of camaraderie on this soundtrack is no surprise -- Richmond has worked with his wife Fey and some of the show's other stars for years prior on SNL -- but it is delightful. Aside from the small complaint that Richmond's cues are grouped in medleys, making it hard to pinpoint each one, this is a fun, thorough set for 30 Rock fans and soundtrack buffs. [Die-hard fans will want the collector's edition of the set, which includes a coffee-table book filled with cast photos and essays by Richmond, Fey, and other members of the 30 Rock team.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2010
Label: Relativity Music Grp
UPC: 0854727002164
catalogNumber: 700216
Rank: 211679

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Richmond   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Percussion,Piano,Saxophone,Theremin,Vocals,Melodica
Sharon Bryant   Choir, Chorus
John James   Choir, Chorus
Vaneese Thomas   Choir, Chorus
Tawatha Agee   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Barnes   Choir, Chorus
Katreese Barnes   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Everett Bradley   Vocals
Elaine Caswell   Vocals
Steve Elson   Wind
Earl Gardner   Trumpet
Clark Gayton   Trombone
Mike Harvey   Choir, Chorus
Curtis King   Choir, Chorus
Lou Marini   Wind
Cindy Mizelle   Choir, Chorus
Christine Ohlman   Vocals
Shawn Pelton   Percussion,Drums
Lenny Pickett   Wind
Larry Saltzman   Guitar
Tim Lefebvre   Strings
Neal Coomer   Vocals
Kyle Gordon   Vocals
Joel Noyes   Strings
Greg Stare   Percussion,Drums
Jeremy McCoy   Strings
Brian Drye   Trombone
Katherine Fong   Strings
Giancarlo Vulcano   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar
Rob Moose   Strings
Christina Courtin   Strings
Pico Alt   Strings
Eva Burmeister   Strings
Kingsley Wood   Strings
Ryan Keberle   Trombone
Eran Sykes   Strings
Toni Glickman   Strings
Jesse Mills   Strings
Jeremy Turner   Strings
Max Mandel   Strings
Edward Arron   Strings
Tim Fain   Strings
Marlon Saunders   Choir, Chorus
Michael Midlarsky   Strings
Julia Joseph   Vocals
Laurie Krein   Trumpet
Taylor Bergren-Christman   Strings
Stanley Harrison   Wind
Milan Milisavljevic   Strings
Guillaume Pirard   Strings

Technical Credits

Franz Schubert   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Josiah Gluck   Engineer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
John Kilgore   Engineer
Lorne Michaels   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Jonathan Schultz   Engineer
Giancarlo Vulcano   Composer,Orchestration
Tina Fey   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Eric Gurian   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Jeff Richmond   Composer,Orchestration,Executive Soundtrack Producer,Score

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