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The Caveman's Valentine
(2001)
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Composed, Conducted, Produced, and Performed on Piano by:
Terence Blanchard

Additional Piano Solos by:
Awadagin Pratt

Performed by:
The Northwest Sinfonia
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Decca Records
(March 6th, 2001)
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Buy it... only if you seek a faithful representation of the turbulent musical transformation heard within the film, because the source piano performances featured in the story expose their troubled character even more when heard on their own.

Avoid it... if only a few minutes of harmonically resonating, classically pleasing symphonic cues under the rambling piano performances in the latter half of the score cannot compensate for the primal ambience of the first half.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #716
WRITTEN 3/7/01, REVISED 2/6/09
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The Caveman's Valentine: (Terence Blanchard) Once in a while, there are award-magnet dramatic films in which a certain genre of music or a particular instrument plays such an integral role in the plot that the soundtrack's source material is meant to dominate the film. Such an example is The Caveman's Valentine, a film in which the primary character, a highly talented Julliard graduate of classical music played by Samuel L. Jackson, lives as a madman in a cave outside of New York City. As a classically trained pianist and composer, the character of Romulus (or Rom, as he comes to be known) lives his existence in an alternate reality while digressing into unorganized fits of classical piano compositions of his past and future. As the character is drawn back into the real world during his investigation of a murder near his cave, he begins composing for piano once again, producing a haunting and occasionally delirious result. With that kind of storyline at the film's center, composer Terence Blanchard, whose background was actually rooted in jazz, was unleashed to write classically inclined, but edgy piano pieces for use as source material to be performed in The Caveman's Valentine. Blanchard had previously worked with the same director to produce an above average score for Eve's Bayou a few year prior, and was perhaps best known for his score to Malcolm X. Both the film and score of The Caveman's Valentine, however, suffer from the madness of its own main character. Because of Rom's instability and obvious talent, the score jumps all over the place with no intended sense of continuity to bring the entire soundtrack together. Sometimes Blanchard reverts to lengthy sequences of brooding percussion and primal sound effects, while at other times bursting out with powerful and sophisticated piano performances accompanied by the Northwest Sinfonia. Because the film also involves paranoia and murder, the score is intentionally a dark affair, with not even its climax experiencing a final, completely harmonically positive note. On the creative side, Blanchard succeeds tremendously in the task of getting into Rom's mind; the opening titles of the film are scored with a one minute tuning session of the orchestra; anyone who's ever been to a symphony will recognize this unique sound, and it is a fabulous way to begin the score and film.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 61:22
• 1. Tuning - The Main Title (1:05)
• 2. Moth Ballet (4:47)
• 3. Clink, Clink, Stuyvesant's Tower (2:37)
• 4. Valentine in the Tree (1:49)
• 5. Caveman in the Trash (0:56)
• 6. He was Beautiful to Me (1:37)
• 7. Help Me (2:00)
• 8. The Bus (1:23)
• 9. Bob and Betty (0:50)
• 10. Rom on the Street (0:35)
• 11. Rom and Arnold Ride (1:47)
• 12. Sheila at the Farm (1:02)
• 13. Regnava Nel Silenzo - from "Lucia di Lammermoor" (4:10)
• 14. Does It Hurt (2:43)
• 15. That's Where You Made It (1:00)
• 16. Musical Rampage (3:31)
• 17. Caveman Gets Off Track (1:39)
• 18. Lovemaking (1:22)
• 19. Into the Freezer (1:27)
• 20. Rom and Lulu Drive (2:54)
• 21. Caveman Outside the Cave (1:38)
• 22. Another Life (1:15)
• 23. Except Once (0:16)
• 24. Rom on Balcony (1:21)
• 25. The Letter (2:39)
• 26. Now (2:31)
• 27. Subway (4:41)
• 28. Finale (7:35)

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