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Henry Jackman: Puss in Boots, music from the motion picture

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>Jackman, Henry : Puss in Boots, film score
>Quintero, Gabriela : Diablo Rojo
>Quintero, Gabriela : Hanuman

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>Jackman, Henry : Puss in Boots, film score
>Quintero, Gabriela : Diablo Rojo
>Quintero, Gabriela : Hanuman
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Recording information: Air Studios, Lyndhurst, London.

Composer Henry Jackman takes an obvious tack in the early and late parts of his score for the animated prequel to the Shrek series, Puss in Boots, featuring Spanish and other Latin elements for a movie with characters voiced by Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. "A Bad Kitty," the opening track, is a good example of this, as is the second, "One Leche," which recalls the spaghetti Western sound of Ennio Morricone with its echoed whistle and Spanish guitar. "Chasing Tail," meanwhile, boasts mariachi horns for a Mexican feel. On the other end of the score, castanets clatter in "Kitty-Cat Break-Out," and "The Puss Suite" sounds like a passage from a Gipsy Kings record. In between, Jackman is abetted by the Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela on "Diablo Rojo" and "Hanuman." But otherwise the composer moves beyond the Latin styles into a broader orchestral accompaniment sometimes reminiscent of his scores for such other popcorn movies as The Dark Knight and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Jackman understands that in films with overtly cartoonish aspects he is allowed to use overstated and exaggerated effects, bringing them right to the edge of parody without quite going over. That's what he does, for instance, in "That Fateful Night," which is in a heightened mood. Also, of course, his main task is to support what's going on onscreen, and to that end these cues often are really collections of short passages that abruptly shift from one style and mood to another. "The Orphanage," for example, begins in a lighthearted tone, then turns ominous, then lyrical, then stirring as it goes. It's no wonder Jackman cites Debussy as an influence, since he makes use of an impressionistic impulse in which tonal colors can change suddenly with the present sound bearing little relation to what came before or what will come next. It can work seamlessly in the movies; on disc it's a little frenetic, or, put another way, consistently surprising. ~ William Ruhlmann



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>Jackman, Henry : Puss in Boots, film score
  • Performers: Frank Ricotti (Vibraphone); John Barclay (Trumpet); Dudley Bright (Trombone); Simon Chamberlain (Piano); Peter Lale (Viola); Frank Ricotti (Marimba); Skaila Kanga (Harp); Gary Kettel (Percussion); Owen Slade (Tuba); Ben Fordham; David Hartley (Piano); Paul Clarvis (Percussion); Frank Ricotti (Percussion); Bryce Jacobs (Guitar); Karen Jones (Flute); Jon Carnac (Clarinet); Josephine Knight (Cello); Daniel Jemison (Bassoon); Martin Owen (French Horn); David Theodore (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Gavin Greenaway
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2011

>Quintero, Gabriela : Diablo Rojo
  • Performers: Rodrigo Gabriela; Owen Slade (Tuba); David Theodore (Oboe); Martin Owen (French Horn); Daniel Jemison (Bassoon); Frank Ricotti (Vibraphone); Paul Clarvis (Percussion); Peter Lale (Viola); Gary Kettel (Percussion); Skaila Kanga (Harp); Dudley Bright (Trombone); Ben Fordham; David Hartley (Piano); Karen Jones (Flute); Josephine Knight (Cello); John Barclay (Trumpet); Frank Ricotti (Marimba); Frank Ricotti (Percussion); Bryce Jacobs (Guitar); Simon Chamberlain (Piano); Jon Carnac (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Gavin Greenaway
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Rodrigo Sanchez (Rodrigo y Gabriela).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jackman, Henry : Puss in Boots, film score
  • Performers: Frank Ricotti (Vibraphone); David Hartley (Piano); Ben Fordham; Karen Jones (Flute); John Barclay (Trumpet); Dudley Bright (Trombone); Frank Ricotti (Percussion); Daniel Jemison (Bassoon); Henry Jackman (Synthesizer); Josephine Knight (Cello); Frank Ricotti (Marimba); Bryce Jacobs (Guitar); Jon Carnac (Clarinet); Simon Chamberlain (Piano); Paul Clarvis (Percussion); Skaila Kanga (Harp); David Theodore (Oboe); Owen Slade (Tuba); Peter Lale (Viola); Martin Owen (French Horn); Gary Kettel (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Gavin Greenaway
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2011

>Quintero, Gabriela : Hanuman
  • Performers: Gary Kettel (Percussion); Owen Slade (Tuba); Paul Clarvis (Percussion); Skaila Kanga (Harp); Simon Chamberlain (Piano); David Theodore (Oboe); Peter Lale (Viola); Jon Carnac (Clarinet); Bryce Jacobs (Guitar); Martin Owen (French Horn); John Barclay (Trumpet); Frank Ricotti (Vibraphone); Rodrigo Gabriela; Frank Ricotti (Marimba); Frank Ricotti (Percussion); Karen Jones (Flute); David Hartley (Piano); Daniel Jemison (Bassoon); Ben Fordham; Dudley Bright (Trombone); Josephine Knight (Cello)
  • Conductor: Gavin Greenaway
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Rodrigo Sanchez (Rodrigo y Gabriela).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jackman, Henry : Puss in Boots, film score
  • Performers: Henry Jackman (Synthesizer); Frank Ricotti (Percussion); Frank Ricotti (Vibraphone); Skaila Kanga (Harp); Peter Lale (Viola); Owen Slade (Tuba); David Theodore (Oboe); Gary Kettel (Percussion); Martin Owen (French Horn); Ben Fordham; Daniel Jemison (Bassoon); Dudley Bright (Trombone); Bryce Jacobs (Guitar); Jon Carnac (Clarinet); Josephine Knight (Cello); John Barclay (Trumpet); Frank Ricotti (Marimba); Paul Clarvis (Percussion); Karen Jones (Flute); David Hartley (Piano); Simon Chamberlain (Piano)
  • Conductor: Gavin Greenaway
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2011