Caveman's Valentine (Soundtrack)

Caveman's Valentine (Soundtrack)

by Terence Blanchard


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The Caveman's Valentine finds composer Terence Blanchard teaming up again with director Kasi Lemmons and actor Samuel L. Jackson, with whom he worked previously on Eve's Bayou. This time, the score presents a special challenge in that the main character of the film, Romulus Ledbetter, played by Jackson, is supposed to be a classically trained pianist who is also slightly crazy. On top of that, the movie is a mystery/thriller. Add up those plot elements, and Blanchard was faced with composing a piano-based, classically informed score full of dramatic and suspenseful passages, which might have seemed quite a task for a musician still best known as a jazz trumpeter. Running slightly more than an hour, this soundtrack album presents 28 musical cues from the film, many of which are brief passages meant to support the developments of the story. But using the Northwest Sinfonia, Blanchard does get to write more complete orchestral pieces at several points, notably the aptly named "Musical Rampage," "The Letter," and the seven-and-a-half-minute "Finale." His music is always functional, but it also displays a flair for classical styles.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/06/2001
Label: Decca U.S.
UPC: 0044001358623
catalogNumber: 013586
Rank: 158798

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Terence Blanchard   Primary Artist,Piano,Conductor
Joan Sutherland   Soprano (Vocal),Track Performer
Awadagin Pratt   Piano
Northwest Sinfonia and Chorus   Track Performer
Northwest Sinfonia   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Terence Blanchard   Producer,Orchestration,Sleeve Notes
Don Murray   Engineer
Robert Puff   Assistant Copyist
Penny Bennett   Art Direction
Amanda Scheer-Demme   Musical Supervision
Jay Weigel   Orchestration
Tim Adams   Percussion Consultant
Buck Damon   Musical Supervision
Michael Esneault   Assistant Copyist
Don Murray   Engineer

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