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

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

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