The Movie Album

The Movie Album

by Till BrönnerTill Brönner

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Overview

The Movie Album is a career aspiration come true for Till Brönner, a record he's desired to make for more than a decade. His themes from Hollywood movies, classic and contemporary (with a TV theme thrown in), make this more a pop-jazz record than one for cinephiles. Co-produced by the artist and guitarist Chuck Loeb, most of the set was recorded at Hollywood's East West Studios with a crack band of studio aces, with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester's parts recorded in Berlin. For all of this recording's lush harmonics and restrained dynamics, Brönner's playing and the force of his personality carry it off. While "When You Wish Upon a Star," on which he is backed only by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, is a rather obvious starting point, Gregory Porter's appearance on a soulful modern take of "Stand by Me" -- complete with B-3, Rhodes, and strings -- isn't. "Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso" features the studio quintet and symphony. Brönner's flügelhorn and Loeb's acoustic guitar engage the melody as winds and strings hover. Mitchel Forman's piano solo floats under Brönner's horn, before Loeb solos more insistently. Brass, winds, and strings rise to meet the jazz group. "Il Postino" places Brönner with the orchestra to remind us of his great facility for expression. The same is true for "The Godfather Waltz/Love Theme from The Godfather." For all his restraint, his lyricism is profound. There are some problems: his vocal on "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" is lifeless, and Lizzy Cuesta's (aka Lizzy Loeb) on "Moon River" is amateurish at best. However, vocalist Joy Denalane employs a gentle, classy swing on "As Time Goes By," aided by Brönner's muted solo and a Rhodes piano and guitar. "Crockett's Theme," from Miami Vice, is a welcome surprise. Rather than the sheeny production bluster of the original, the band brings out its innate melody; Brönner's solo is his best one here. "My Heart Will Go On" has been done to death, but this sextet and symphony version is texturally rich and fluid. For these few moments, the tune sheds its cultural baggage to become a solid contemporary jazz number. The outlier is "Happy," used in Despicable Me 2. Recorded after the album was thought finished, it contains a fine horn chart by David Mann. It's funky, finger-popping fun with a gritty tenor sax solo by Everette Harp. The Movie Album's wide variety of themes, strategically produced for adult pop and contemporary jazz audiences, feels intended to achieve maximum chart impact -- but that doesn't make it a bad record. Missteps aside, these beautifully arranged mostly imaginative performances make it a fine addition to Brönner's -- and film music's -- catalogs.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0602537959778
catalogNumber: 1170733
Rank: 88669

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Till Brönner   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals,Muted Trumpet
Brian Bromberg   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Arturo Sandoval   Trumpet
Jeff Lorber   Piano,fender rhodes
David Charles   Percussion
Rick Braun   Flugelhorn
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Mitchel Forman   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Everette Harp   Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Loeb   Acoustic Guitar
Frank Chastenier   Piano,fender rhodes
Roberto Di Gioia   Bass,Keyboards
Tim Lefebvre   Bass
Stefan Pintev   Violin,Concert Master
Nan Schwartz   Conductor
Jan Larsen   Viola
Joy Denalane   Vocals
Boris Bachmann   Violin
Anton Barachovsky   Violin
Dana Matchin   Violin
Ljudmila Minnibaeva   Violin
Boris Matchin   Cello
Hilá Karni   Cello
Aline Saniter   Viola
Marietta Kratz   Violin
Gregory Porter   Vocals
David Man   Alto Flute
Lizzy Cuesta   Vocals
Maria Brunner   Violin
Emmanuel Goldstein   Violin
Annabelle Ducast   Violin

Technical Credits

Nino Rota   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Ben E. King   Composer
Jan Hammer   Composer
Jeff Lorber   Arranger
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Luis Bacalov   Composer
James Horner   Composer
Till Brönner   Producer,rhythm arrangement,Whistle
Dave Grusin   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Jud Friedman   Composer
Leigh Harline   Composer
Will Jennings   Composer
Chuck Loeb   Arranger,Producer,rhythm arrangement
Phil Magnotti   Engineer
Ennio Morricone   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Ryuichi Sakamoto   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
David Sylvian   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Allan Rich   Composer
Chris Walden   Arranger,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Nan Schwartz   Arranger
Tobias Lehmann   Engineer
Samon Kawamura   Engineer
Arne Schumann   Engineer
David Man   Horn Arrangements
Daniel Keinath   Engineer
Dustin Higgins   Engineer
Herman Hupfield   Composer

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