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Playing by Heart
(1999)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Additional Music Performed by:
Chet Baker
Chris Botti
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Decca Records
(January 25th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release. The 1999 import version of the album is still available on the secondary market.
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Buy it... if you've been intrigued by the glimpses of 50's-style jazz for small ensembles that have occasionally played minor roles in John Barry's more recent film scores.

Avoid it... if you're more attached to Barry's grandiose style that feature a more ambitious, dramatic intent for full ensembles.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #397
WRITTEN 12/30/99, REVISED 4/15/07
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Playing by Heart: (John Barry) In a story that eventually connects the lives of six couples seemingly unrelated and each dealing with their own sets of troubles, Willard Carroll assembles a remarkable cast worth the admission price alone. With Sean Connery, Gena Rowlands, Angelina Jolie, Gillian Anderson, Madeleine Stowe, Dennis Quaid, Ellen Burstyn, Jon Stewart, Ryan Phillippe, Jay Mohr, and Nastassja Kinski, Playing by Heart only touches upon each of its characters in a limited time frame, requiring the audience to rely on the snapshot performances of each lead actor to keep them entertained until the larger issues of the film's objective can be addressed. The arthouse style of the film played well with critics (especially due to the spunky performance of Jolie), but failed to connect with audiences. The production process of the film was a disaster, changing titles several times and running through various crew shifts. The director had been a fan of the laid back nightclub jazz styles of the 1950's, embodied by the music of trumpeter Chet Baker, and had decided to take that music (representative of the couple played by Connery and Rowlands) and use it as the overriding identity of all the couples' journey in the story. Also a fan of Baker's style was, naturally, composer John Barry, who had gotten his start in the exact same industry as Baker at roughly the same time. As a trumpet player in his own band, The John Barry Seven, back in the 1950's, he was well capable of writing trumpet and sax music that captures the necessary emotion or mood. His career was wrapping up by 1999, with assignments farther between and a handful rejected after being recorded.



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Total Time: 57:18
• 1. Remembering Chet (4:07)
• 2. Playing by Heart (5:34)
• 3. Game of Hide and Seek (3:14)
• 4. Tenderly - performed by Chet Baker (6:38)
• 5. I Didn't Love You Less (1:30)
• 6. A Place Inside Alive and Well (3:28)
• 7. Remembering Chet (4:17)
• 8. Scene Unseen (2:33)
• 9. You Go to My Head - performed by Chet Baker (5:53)
• 10. I Want to Stay the Night (3:15)
• 11. Goodnight Moon (2:55)
• 12. Mark's Graveyard Site (2:29)
• 13. These Foolish Things - performed by Chet Baker (4:43)
• 14. Playing by Heart (Vows Renewed) (6:37)

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The insert contains lengthy notes about the score by Jon Burlingame of "Variety." The CD comes with a cardboard slip cover.
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