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Thursday, March 08, 2007

CD REVIEW - Il Medico...La Studentessa + First results of Zigman/Legend collaboration on Pride

Il Medico...La Studentessa
Music by Roberto Pregadio
Beat Records CDCR 064 (Italy)
19 Tracks 43:19 mins

Exploring the recent back catalogue of releases from Beat Records, one comes across Robert Pregadio's music for the 1976 sex comedy, the title of which translates to The Doctor and His Sexy Student, directed by Silvio Amadio and starring a very sexy (from the alluring booklet stills) Gloria Guida.
This is not a film score in the modern sense, whereby the music often follows the action, almost Mickey-Mouse style, but rather a collection of extremely easy listening jazz-pop instrumentals of varying styles.The main theme "Bi-Di-Bi-Da" is first heard as a vocal by the reliable I Cantori Moderni di Alessandro Alessandroni, accompanied by what sounds like a synthesised voice, adding a comedic touch to the theme, especially at the end. This very catchy theme is reprised instrumentally a number of times on the disc, including a slow and quite weird variation where the synth voice dominates.
The disc is expanded from the original soundtrack release and includes a number of shorter versions of the themes found on the original album. These themes are mostly source-like numbers, including bossanovas, slow dances, striptease numbers, and lightly jazzy tunes. Apart from these there is a sneaky little mover "Indagando;" the cliched drum and Native American voices of "Ildottore Indiano;" and the light-hearted trumpet-lead military march "Il Colonnello."
Add it all up and one has an extremely pleasant album, ideal for both background play and for just relaxing to.
The already mentioned accompanying booklet includes a summary of the film's plot in both Italian and English languages.

Aaron Zigman and John Legend's collaboraton on Pride

I recently posted a press release from Costa Communications regarding the film Pride, which is based on the story of inner city Philadelphia swim coach Jim Ellis, and which opens in the USA on March 23rd.
Aaron Zigman is responsible for the film's score and collaborated with R&B artist John Legend on the soulful, inspiration ballad "Dare to Dream." Whilst the Lionsgate soundtrack is yet to hit the stores (it does so March 13the), Costa Communications kindly sent me a copy of "Dare to Dream" and I have to say that it is an excellent ballad, with Legend's vocal combining well with Zigman's orchestration, which strongly features choir. A fine song and I hope the soundtrack album will also feature selections from Zigman's score, but no word on that as yet.


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