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John Barry

John Barry, the Academy Award-winning film composer whose idiosyncratic and iconic compositions over the course of a lifetime in the movies -- including some of the best known James Bond music and the themes to "Midnight Cowboy," and "Out of Africa," among dozens of others. The British-born composer not only helped define the feel of the Bond films but crafted music that served as a 1960s soundtrack to a new kind of jet-setting lifestyle. With his wildly adventurous arrangements and instrumentation, his music's devil-may-care feel will forever be connected to fashionably mod cocktail lounges of the era. With its seductive strings and grand melodies, "You Only Live Twice" captures the sound of sexy adventure, both smooth and pleasantly casual but somehow filled with tension

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Antonio Faraò, l'eklektiko

Read "Antonio Faraò, l'eklektiko" reviewed by Daniele Vogrig

In alcuni casi la produzione di un disco può rappresentare un momento di svolta nella carriera di un musicista, non solo da un punto di vista musicale ma anche a livello puramente espressivo. Eklektik è l'ultimo album di Antonio Faraò e a buon diritto può essere considerato un sapiente concentrato di fusion, capace di trascendere generi ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Julian Julien: Terre II

Read "Terre II" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

French composer/saxophonist Julian Julien has a growing fan base and a rich portfolio of work within his native country, reflecting a wide interest in genres, cultures and media. With his first composition of note coming in a 1993 Sorbonne University project, Julien went on to release his first EP album Tupperware et Bibelot (Self-produced, 1999). While ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Dr. Dre: Straight Outta Compton

Read "Dr. Dre: Straight Outta Compton" reviewed by Solomon J. LeFlore

I read a headline today in Daily Variety (motion picture industry magazine) that said: “Straight Outta Compton chronicles the origins and history of N.W.A. ("Niggaz With Attitude"), arguably the most influential hip hop group in the history of American music. The title is taken from the title of their 1988 debut studio album, and it is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sex Mob: Cinema, Circus & Spaghetti (Sex Mob Plays Fellini: The Music of Nino Rota)

Read "Cinema, Circus & Spaghetti (Sex Mob Plays Fellini: The Music of Nino Rota)" reviewed by Troy Collins

Founded 17 years ago as a showcase for leader Steven Bernstein's unique slide trumpet, Sex Mob has since embraced a far more ambitious mission: to revive the adventurous spirit of prewar jazz. Bernstein realized early on that playing radically altered covers was the best way to lure an audience into his roguish sound world. Since then ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

John Barry - R.I.P.

John Barry - R.I.P.

The film world lost one of its greatest composers with the death of John Barry, who died yesterday in New York at age 77. Barry, who had long lived in New York, is said to have died of a heart attack. But official details have not yet been released. John Barry, born November 3, 1933, in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Toots Thielemans: European Quartet Live

Read "European Quartet Live" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Jean “Toots" Thielemans' musical education started early--he had already started to play the accordion at the age of three. But it was his skill on the harmonica that brought him international fame, and it's that skill which is to the fore on European Quartet Live, featuring a set of well-known tunes taken from concerts in 2006, ...

The Concert

Label: Challenge Jazz
Released: 2010

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Barry to Take Soundtrack Award

Barry to Take Soundtrack Award

BRUSSELS -- Composer John Barry is being honored with a lifetime achievement award from the World Soundtrack Academy. The four-time Oscar winner will receive the award on Oct. 21, during the Ghent Film Festival in Belgium. Ceremony will be followed by a performance of Barry's work by the Brussels Philharmonic. Program will include selections from “Goldfinger," ...

Follow Me! (Original Soundtrack Score)

Label: Challenge Jazz
Released: 2009


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