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 Posted:   Feb 23, 2019 - 8:23 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

In the late 60s two composers who had arranged for Count Basie scored westerns: Quincy Jones and Neil Hefti.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2019 - 11:35 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I'm a big fan of Hefti's Duel at Diablo.

Two relatively new composers who have not yet scored a western are Justin Hurwitz and Nicholas Britell. They might bring interesting sounds to westerns.

Anyone heard any music by The Gaines brothers who are scoring The Kid? (See above youtube.)

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2019 - 5:30 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I'm a big fan of Hefti's Duel at Diablo.

Two relatively new composers who have not yet scored a western are Justin Hurwitz and Nicholas Britell. They might bring interesting sounds to westerns.

Anyone heard any music by The Gaines brothers who are scoring The Kid? (See above youtube.)


Not familiar with the Gaines brothers, but I'd welcome a Hurwitz or Britell score for the genre. Mostly because I (unlike most others) haven't been that impressive with their work so far. But my door is open, in case they find that one project that triggers something inspiring.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2019 - 6:18 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

"I'd love to see Joe Kraemer tackle a western...hell any movie!"

I'll second that, for sure. 15 years ago Kraemer would have had a schedule like Desplat.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2019 - 5:04 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

If you scroll up a bit, you'll see the trailer to The Kid. I saw it today, and I didn't like it very much. Very very slow, and parts just didn't connect to each other. The few action parts were often filmed in the dark and not very observable to the audience. It was odd to see Chris Pratt play a nasty villain, and he did a good job of being a reprehensible character.

There was one short musical riff that sounded like heavy metal guitars. The rest was mainly soundscapes, very dull soundscapes.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2019 - 6:44 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Not a composer, but one of the oddest things I've ever seen on celluloid was the late, great jazz drummer Elvin Jones pounding his drum set in that rock 'n' roll western, Zachariah. The sight of that hip, urban badass Jones, who powered Coltrane's great quartert like no one else ever could, garbed in cowboy gear and playing in a western saloon is a cinematic stretch I'll never forget. Also, to this day, I have never seen a musician live who so totally mesmerized me as did Elvin Jones, when I saw him leading his group in Chicago at The Jazz Showcase on Rush Street in 1979.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2019 - 8:53 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Thanks for sharing that story. I admit I've not seen a rock and roll western.

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2019 - 5:41 AM   
 By:   edern   (Member)

Masamicz Amano

Masamichi Amano scored a Giant Robo spin-off that has western flavor to it: Gin Rei with blue eyes https://vgmdb.net/album/38856
For this one, Masamichi Amano basically made a rearrangement of Silvestri's The Quick and the Dead mixed with Jarre's Lawrence of Arabia.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2019 - 6:05 AM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

Is there anyone today who can do what Mario Nascimbene did for
One Million Years B.C. and Creatures the World Forgot ? I haven't
looked up his credits, but the thought has occurred to me that his
particular sound and style could have been very effective in the
genre in a southwest setting not in a north west setting.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2019 - 8:14 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Edern, it is "my bad" that I don't know Amano, so I went into youtube to see if I could find a cut of Gin Rei, but I couldn't. I listened to some of this composer's music, and the music was really good. I am posting a link below because it really reminded me of Broughton's Tombstone main theme which I really like. Whole theme is good especially from 1:50 on. Yep, I think Amano would compose a good score for westerns.





Richard, I don't know if Nascimbene has composed a western, but I think he could.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2019 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Even though the following trailer is modern, Roger Ebert's site calls this movie "through-and-through a western." (Maybe think of The Horse Whisperer.)

The composer is Jed Kerzel, and I do know some of his scores, but I think this might be his first "western." I doubt that it will have the Bernstein, Moross or Goldsmith Americana sound that I love. This movie garnered 3 and a half stars out of 4 stars at Roger Ebert's site. I am a big fan of Mathais Schoehaerts. I've always found him to be a great actor.


 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2019 - 2:20 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Richard, I don't know if Nascimbene has composed a western, but I think he could.


Absolutely. Without the opening/closing fanfares, Nascimbene's theme from BARABBAS sounds like it could easily come from an Italian western.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2019 - 3:48 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Wow, Bob, that theme from Barabbas would certainly fit an Italian western.

 
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