La La Land [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

La La Land [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Justin Paul

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Overview

A musical romance about a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) set in the City of Angels, La La Land was written and directed by Damien Chazelle, the man behind the 2014 Oscar winner Whiplash. He enlisted his former Harvard roommate Justin Hurwitz to write the songs and score for the film. The pair also worked together on Whiplash, about drummers, and on a 2009 student project that went on to receive theatrical distribution, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, about a jazz trumpeter. Hurwitz is joined here by lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, two veterans of musical theater (the off-Broadway musical Dogfight, TV's Smash, Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen) at the relatively young age of 31 by the time of release. (The latter is also true of Chazelle and Hurwitz.) La La Land's original soundtrack includes both songs and instrumentals, with the songs performed by a cast that also includes John Legend, fresh off his Oscar win for Selma's "Glory," and Callie Hernandez, a musician-turned-actress. Hernandez performs alongside Stone, Jessica Rothe, and Sonoya Mizuno on "Someone in the Crowd," a soaring, uptempo number with swing-era rhythms. Preceding it, the film opens with a big production number set in L.A. traffic that Hurwitz said was inspired by Jacques Demy-Michel Legrand film musicals of the '60s ("Another Day of Sun"). While listeners and moviegoers alike will find that Gosling and Stone don't quite have the singing chops of an Astaire and Rogers, their voices are warm and approachable, and their duet "A Lovely Night," in particular, is a bright charmer. Later, Legend delivers the goods on "Start a Fire," a song written in the context of a jazz musician trying to cross over to the contemporary mainstream. Score tracks range from the tender-slash-anxious piano piece "Mia & Sebastian's Theme," to the legit jazz exercise "Herman's Habit," to the Romantic tone poem "Planetarium." The film and the soundtrack wrap up with a second reprise of Gosling's "City of Stars," this time hummed by Stone, which will likely provide a feel-good earworm after the music ends.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/09/2016
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602557117776
catalogNumber: 002562002
Rank: 5026

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Justin Paul   Primary Artist
Peter Erskine   Percussion,Rhythm
Bob Sheppard   Saxophone,Rhythm
Kevin Axt   Bass,Rhythm
Amick Byram   Tenor (Vocal)
Randy Crenshaw   Bass (Vocal)
Marius de Vries   Vocals
Monique Donnelly   Soprano (Vocal)
Dan Higgins   Saxophone,Rhythm
Angie Jaree   Alto (Vocal)
Jon Joyce   Bass (Vocal)
Randy Kerber   Piano
Andy Martin   Trombone,Rhythm
Gary Novak   Drums,Rhythm
Dana Williams   Vocals
Bob Joyce   Bass (Vocal)
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet,Rhythm
Angela Parrish   Vocals,Alto (Vocal)
Edie Lehmann Boddicker   Alto (Vocal)
Jasper Randall   Tenor (Vocal)
Suzee Waters   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
John Legend   Vocals
Diane Freiman Reynolds   Soprano (Vocal)
Steven Gizicki   Vocals
Jessica Rotter   Alto (Vocal)
Gerald White   Tenor (Vocal)
Fletcher Sheridan   Tenor (Vocal)
Maiya Sykes   Vocals
Priscilla Ahn   Vocals
Raya Yarbrough   Alto (Vocal)
Greg Lastrapes   Vocals
Shawn Kirchner   Tenor (Vocal)
Fiora Cutler   Vocals
Tim Davies   Conductor
Sara Mann   Alto (Vocal)
Jessica Freedman   Soprano (Vocal)
Nicholai Baxter   Vocals
Jim Campbell   Bass (Vocal)
Mark Edward Smith   Bass (Vocal)
Jenny Graham   Soprano (Vocal)
D.A. Wallach   Vocals
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet,Rhythm
Daniel Chaney   Tenor (Vocal)
Teri Eiko Koide   Soprano (Vocal)
Charissa Nielsen   Alto (Vocal)
Ryan Gosling   Vocals
Eric Bradely   Bass (Vocal)
Laura Mace   Vocals
Baraka May Williams   Soprano (Vocal)
Scott Oatley   Tenor (Vocal)
Gaby Santinelli   Soprano (Vocal)
Holly Sedillos   Soprano (Vocal)
Christopher Gambol   Tenor (Vocal)
Emma Stone   Vocals
Dylan Gentile   Bass (Vocal)
Jennifer Haydn-Jones   Alto (Vocal)
Justin Hurwitz   Vocals
Edward Levy   Bass (Vocal)
Elyse Willis   Soprano (Vocal)
Steve Amerson   Bass (Vocal)
Briana Lee   Alto (Vocal)
La Land Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Jon Robert Hall   Tenor (Vocal)
Jessica Rothe   Vocals
Charles McDonald   Vocals
Callie Hernandez   Vocals
Michael Lictenauer   Tenor (Vocal)
Melinda Lindner   Alto (Vocal)
William Kenneth Goldman   Bass (Vocal)
Sonoya Mizuno   Vocals
Sam Stone   Vocals

Technical Credits

Marius de Vries   Lyricist,Producer,Additional Music
Greg Loskorn   Stage Crew
Eldad Guetta   Producer
Adam Michalak   Stage Crew
John Stephens   Lyricist,Additional Music
Steven Gizicki   Producer
Eric Vetro   Vocal Coach
Justin Moshkevich   Pro-Tools
Nicholai Baxter   Engineer
Matt Robertson   Producer
David Marquette   Stage Crew
Greg Dennen   Stage Crew
Justin Paul   Lyricist
Celeste Chada   Scoring Consultant
Angelique Cinelu   Lyricist,Additional Music
Benji Pasek   Lyricist
Justin Hurwitz   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Orchestration

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