SONY CLASSICAL RELEASES
RED TAILS - THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
MUSIC FOR An epic MOVIE
Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of Red Tails – The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring leading jazz trumpeter and five-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard as composer and soloist. Red Tails is a gripping action film set in World War II with a soundtrack set to be released on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. The film is currently in theaters.
Red Tails was inspired by true events: the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, African-American fighter pilots who had to overcome discrimination both as citizens and as soldiers in order to be allowed to fly into combat and prove their worth as expert airmen. Initially they were kept in base and given inferior planes for training work. When the Pentagon finally sent them into action in 1944 against the Fascist powers of Europe – in aircraft marked by distinctive red tails – they carried out the most dangerous missions, protecting bomber forces against enemy fighter planes and showing by their success that all men are truly created equal. The movie, by executive producer George Lucas and first-time feature director Anthony Hemingway (known for directing episodes of the TV series The Wire), has a powerful acting line-up, starring Cuba Gooding Jr., winner of an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role in Jerry Maguire, Terrence Howard (nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor in Hustle and Flow) and Brian Cranston (Emmy Award-winner in Breaking Bad).
The original music for Red Tails was written by Terence Blanchard, the world-renowned trumpeter, composer and band leader who has won five Grammy Awards. No other jazz musician has composed so prolifically for motion pictures – his brilliant trumpet-playing has lit up nearly fifty film scores, and his unmistakable compositions can be heard on more than forty titles. Terence Blanchard, an artist in the hard bop tradition, has recently adopted an African-fusion style that distinguishes him from other trumpeters. And through his work as a film composer Blanchard reaches an even wider audience than through live performances. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work on Spike Lee's film 25th Hour.
The soundtrack of Red Tails is a combination of Blanchard's original score with some famous tunes from the era in which the movie is set, including Maxine Sullivan singing Blue Skies, one of the best-known songs of the great composer, Irving Berlin. The other period pieces are It's Been a Long, Long Time, performed by Harry James & His Orchestra; Bless You, featuring The Ink Spots; and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, performed by The Andrews Sisters. Terence Blanchard's original film music is played and performed by the FILMharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Prague. Additional solo artists on the soundtrack are Fabian Alamazan (piano) and Kendrick Scott (percussion).
Red Tails has all it takes to be a box-office hit. This soundtrack released by Sony Classical, which sets the scene of the 1940s with period music and reinforces the drama of the subject with Blanchard's superb original score, is sure to be equally popular with movie goers and music lovers.