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

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