James Newton Howard makes a rare but welcome foray into the horror genre with The Devil's Advocate, a chilling but majestic work highlighted by its stunning choral passages. While Howard's signature fusion of symphonics and electronics is the score's backbone, his use of the human voice most effectively communicates the evil lurking within lead Al Pacino, and his decision to avoid thematic consistency is another clever tool for keeping the listener off balance, with strange, ominous noises lurking in the background to further underscore the dark forces at work. Spooky, compelling stuff.
Born in San Francisco in 1925, Eddie Duran is an unfairly neglected jazz guitarist and a soloist full of imagination and heart who was already playing professionally at 15. To this day he considers himself an “ear player,” despite having played and recorded with Vince Guaraldi, Red Norvo, Cal Tjader, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, George Shearing, Earl “Fatha” Hines and Benny Goodman, in the heyday of the San Francisco bebop scene.
Taboo is a dark tale of love and death, treachery and revenge with supernatural undertones, set in pre-Victorian London, starring Tom Hardy as James Keziah Delaney. Long believed dead, Delaney is a mysterious adventurer who returns to London from 12 years in Africa to inherit what is left of his father's shipping empire. His enemies, including his own family and the corrupt power-brokers of the East India Company, are all intent on disposing of the dangerous Delaney by any means necessary, and keeping his inheritance for themselves. Composer Max Richter was first attracted by the mood of the drama, which pulls no punches with its authentic evocation of a seedy London 200 years ago, filled with criminals, courtesans and corrupt officials.
Twin Peaks (Music From the Limited Event Series) and Twin Peaks (Limited Event Series Original Soundtrack) will both be released September 8 via Rhino. The soundtracks feature music from original “Twin Peaks” composer Angelo Badalamenti, as well as Chromatics.