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Friday, February 09, 2007

CD REVIEWS - William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet & Jump In plus news from Costa Communications

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
Music by Craig Armstrong & Various Artists
Capitol 09463-86323-2-0 (EU)
18 Tracks (5 previously unreleased on original album)

Commemorating the 10th anniversary of Baz Luhrmann's stylish film, Capitol Records has released an expanded edition of the original soundtrack album, with the new tracks being a brand new remix of Luhrmann's "Everybody's Free" by Quindo Tarver, as well as the same artist's version of "When Doves Cry" as it was performed in the film. There is also the ballroom version of "Young Hearts Run Free," and two score tracks by Craig Armstrong, "Introduction to Romeo" and the love theme "Kissing You," featuring Des'ree. Although a Volume 2 was put out at the time of the film's release, which featured more of the underscore, some of this was obscured by dialogue, and it would be nice one day to have a proper release of the score only - we can but dream!

Jump In
Music by Various Artists
Walt Disney Records 388 6742 (physical) or 388 6745 (digital) (EU)
13 Tracks

On 26th February, Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack album to the new Disney Channel Original movie Jump In, whcih is scheduled to air in the UK at the end of April.
Looking to cash in on the success of their big hit High School Movie, one of the stars of that film, Corbin Bleu takes the lead here, along with Keke Palmer, from Akeelah and the Bee.
The album has already enjoyed much success in the States, debuting at number 5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, jumping to number 3 the week after, and debuting at number 1 on the US Digital Album charts.
The album features 13 numbers from the film, performed by Bleu and Palmer, along with NLT, T-Squad, Sebastian Mego, Jordan Pruitt, Jupiter Rising, Drew Seeley, Prima J, Jeannie Ortega, Josh AKA J McCoy and Kyle - none of which mean the slightest to me, but if you are familiar with any of them, you may wish to grab a copy of the album, or just to know it's out there, should you want it having seen the film in April. In the meantime, you may like to visit the website at www.disneychannel/jumpin!

From Costa Communications


Critic's Favorite Comes to DVD

(Hollywood, CA): Composer/pianist Starr Parodi provides the score to the 2006 critically acclaimed film "Conversations With Other Women," newly released to DVD. "Conversations With Other Women," starring Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart, tells the compelling story of a couple whose reunion at a wedding reception ignites a mysterious attraction for each other that is deeper and more emotionally perilous than they are actually willing to admit. The film is currently available on DVD through Hart Sharp Video.

The soundtrack for "Conversations With Other Women" features 11 original songs by Parodi and her writing partner and husband Jeff Fair. Their track "Last Dance" is a moody and elegant jazz ballad. Beginning with an emotional piano solo, the piece transforms into a strong melodic guitar and trumpet duo over a silky rhythm section. The track "Another Time" features a beautiful acoustic guitar picking pattern and sets a beautiful and melancholy mood for an instrumental pop ballad.

Recognized as the talented, funky, multi-keyboardist who appeared nightly on the groundbreaking late night hit, "The Arsenio Hall Show," Parodi has just released the critically acclaimed CD, "Common Places." Called one of the best albums of the year," by NPR's Chris Douridas, Parodi draws inspiration from her 1928 Steinway grand piano that once adorned the legendary MGM sound stage in its most glorious era and was used on such classic films as "The Wizard of Oz." This latest release from the celebrated musician echoes with cinematic, neoclassical, Americana and gospel themes, all played as "stream of conciousness" improvisations.

Parodi has established a reputation as a leading film and TV composer. Her other recent projects include the scores for "High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story," with Michael Imperioli and the hit Lifetime Show "The Division." Her music has been included in movie trailers for many of Hollywood's biggest films including the recent hits "Casino Royale," "X-Men: The Last Stand," "Mission Impossible 2," "A Good Year" and "United 93" among others.


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