The International Sidewalk Orchestra: Slim Pezin (guitars, mandolin, dobro, banjo, cavaquinho, bass, percussion), Alexis Galperine, Jeanne-Marie Conquer (violins), Pierre-Henri Xuereb (violas), Cecilia Tsan (cello), Richard Foy (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, clarinet), Antoine Cure (trumpet, flugelhorn), Jerome Naulais (trombones), Jean Christophe Falala (flutes, alto flutes, piccolo), Bernard Yannotta (clarinet), Amaury Wallez (bassoons), Jean Pacalet (accordion), Jay Gottlieb (piano, celesta, harpsichord), Marc Marder (acoustic bass).
Recorded at Palais De Congres, Paris.
All songs written by Marc Marder.
This soundtrack encompasses many musical styles, including chamber music, big band, tango, Latin, rock & roll and funk. The film is silent, black and white, and takes place among New York's homeless population.
The soundtrack to Charles Lane's modern silent movie features a suitably bouncy and narrative-like mix of jazz, tango, chamber, and old-world dancehall music. Composer Mark Marder composed the 17 highly enjoyable selections here, and shows a deft touch with the manic and descriptive ramblings of silent film accompaniment; he also demonstrates a modern depth that elevates the music well above the carnival world of the proverbial movie palace (his eclecticism is particularly well framed on the stylistically mercurial and wryly titled "Concerto for Piano and Bibliophiles"). Featuring a top-drawer, 14-piece ensemble of strings, brass, reeds, piano, accordion, and a variety of guitars, Sidewalk Stories is consistently impressive and works quite nicely as a musical program in its own right. ~ Stephen Cook