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Frank and Jesse
(1994)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Patrick Russ
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Intrada Records
(December 6th, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are an enthusiast of Mark McKenzie's loyalty to strong and repetitious melodies, serving this Western score with adequate energy.

Avoid it... if twenty minutes of standard Western sounds for an orchestra cannot sustain your interest through the score's other half (of intimate, specialty instrument contributions).
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WRITTEN 1/28/00, REVISED 1/20/08
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Frank and Jesse: (Mark McKenzie) There have been countless films inspired by the James family of outlaw fame, going all the way back to 1939. The 1994 movie Frank and Jesse, directed by Robert Boris, places Bill Paxton and Rob Lowe in the roles of Frank and Jesse, respectively. Acting isn't the high point of the film, and further evidence of this is country music star Randy Travis playing a prominent role in the film (and, inevitably, singing). Everything in the plot has been enacted in the many films about the James brothers throughout the years, and this entry examines everything from the Civil War and their father's killing all the way through the well-known shot in the back of Jesse James in 1882. The script by Boris doomed Frank and Jesse, providing lines that the brothers would never say and forcing curious actions that are never explained or placed in context. Needless to say, the film never gained any traction and a DVD release has made no impact on the film's poor legacy. For film score collectors, Frank and Jesse was notable only because it featured the third film score composition by master orchestrator Mark McKenzie. As with his previous efforts, McKenzie was limited by a small budget for Frank and Jesse. This was not an unusual situation for McKenzie at the time, and yet, the restrictions seem to have hindered the score for Frank and Jesse more than his other efforts of the era. Refusing to produce synthesized scores (which is understandable, especially for this genre), McKenzie instead chose to utilize the money he had for about twenty minutes of orchestral score and leave the rest of the performances to the talents of four soloists. The director requested a score the would turn out to be something of a challenge: he wanted accompaniment that would feature non-traditional instrumentation while also somewhat retaining the Western genre setting of the story. McKenzie responded by scoring the large action sequences with a small orchestra. Although his technique of overdubbing multiple layers of certain portions of the orchestra (and mainly the strings) is usually rewarding, the overall result here isn't as inspiring as it has been with his other scores.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 38:50
• 1. Frank and Jesse Suite (5:27)
• 2. Main Title (3:55)
• 3. Family Moments (2:28)
• 4. Gentle Spirits (1:06)
• 5. Tragedy at Home (3:07)
• 6. Meet the James Gang (2:07)
• 7. Marauding (1:52)
• 8. Daring Escape (1:28)
• 9. Frank's Despair (1:03)
• 10. The Peace Ranch (1:18)
• 11. Mountain Top Dance (1:19)
• 12. The Lord is Callin' You (3:06)
• 13. Northfield Battle (2:15)
• 14. I Play Not Marches... (2:24)
• 15. Goodbye Jesse (2:12)
• 16. Justice Will Be Served (3:16)

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The insert includes short biographical information about McKenzie, a lengthy note from director Robert Boris about the film and score, and the following note from McKenzie himself:

    "In my musical underscore to Frank and Jesse I tried to achieve a warmth and intimacy as well as an epic grandeur. To underscore the close relationship of the two brothers, I used predominantly a small group of five authentic 19th century instruments: recorder, harmonica, guitar, jug and a crude percussion instrument called an Arched String Wire. The symphony orchestra was utilized to express the exciting and tragic drama in the legendary lives of the James gang."
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