This soundtrack from Sonja Dunson's 2001 film project oozes soulful emotion with every breath. It's the kind of feel-good music that's envisioned with dim lights, a cozy sofa and plush carpet, pleasant company and a whole lot of privacy. It's feel-good music. You Can't Buy Love represents quite an achievement for the budding film director. She wrote the story, produced the film, wrote and sang a portion of the soundtrack, acted in the movie, and led a talented group of artists toward their convincing dramatization.
However, in order to completely detail the Romeo and Juliet storyline of her movie, where opposites attract and lovers come from different cultures, Dunson's had to veer away from one hundred percent living room mood music. Her score has to help tell the story of two lovers who bring different backgrounds to their relationship, and there are significant nuances. A little bit of country and a whole lot of soul music help tell the story, shedding plenty of light on the feelings that exist between the two lovers.
As Linda McCrary sings "Don't You Understand" with piano accompaniment, the core feeling emerges from the soundtrack. Leading up to this grand soliloquy, there is a country and western romp on "Mrs. Right Loves Mr. Wrong," with male and female lead vocalists interpreting the rest. They're right on target and well-balanced with a band that includes electric bass, electric guitar, tenor saxophone, keyboards and drums.
Track Listing: So Much Feelin' (In Your Love); You Can't Buy Love; Mrs. Right Loves Mr. Wrong; Your Lovin' Is So Real; Flicker of Hope; Please Make It Good Again; Don't You Understand.
Personnel: Sonja Dunson: vocals; Butch Dubarri: vocals; Linda McCrary: vocals; other performers.
Year Released: 2009
| Record Label: Self Produced
| Style: Modern Jazz
I was first exposed to jazz while working overseas in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I would listen to the Voice of America on the radio and they had a nightly jazz program on at 10:00pm. I learned a lot about jazz listening to this program. I also had a friend who listened to real jazz by artists like Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and Archie Shepp. On my way home from Africa I landed in New York and had the opportunity to see the George Adams/Don Pullen quartet at the Village Vanguard as well as Kenny Barron and Ron Carter at another club, and was in heaven.