Harry Potter - The John Williams Soundtrack CollectionLimited Edition of 5,000 Units
La-La Land Records (LLLCD1476)
Released: November 27, 2018
Format: CD (477 min)
John Williams: Themes and Transcriptions for PianoVarese Sarabande
Released: July 7, 2017
Formats: CD, Digital (79 min)
Three Studies for Harp: The Music of John WilliamsBSX Records (BSXEP002)
Released: August 9, 2013
Format: Digital (7 min)
John Williams: A Celebration! An 80th Birthday TributeSony Masterworks
Released: February 28, 2012
Formats: CD, Digital (70 min)
The Music of John Williams: The Definitive CollectionSilva America (SILCD1382)
Released: February 21, 2012
Format: CD (412 min)
Released: July 12, 2005
Formats: CD, Digital (112 min)
Here Come The Classics: Volume Six - Classic Film ThemesRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO 006 CD)
Format: CD (68 min)
Review: Harry Potter Jazz: The Sorcerer\'s Stone
2 / 5 Stars
What is it about John Williams that encourages some many tribute albums? The percentage of quirky covers of his material out numbers his competitors combined. I\'ve heard string quartets of his work, marching bands, a cappella versions, even Kazoos arrangements. And let\'s not even start on Meco.
Of all the covers I\'ve heard, this one is pretty straight forward. It\'s a series of jazz pieces based on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone. The Mark Kramer Trio, a Philadelphia Jazz group takes key tracks from the soundtrack release and re-interprets them within a David Brubeck vibe.
What makes a cover (of anything) interesting is the re-examination of familiar music, creating new patterns and meanings within the different context. Taking the magical Romanticism of Harry Potter and turning it into low-key jazz is definitely different and it works. "Diagon Alley" becomes a light jazz march. In "Harry\'s Wondrous World - Part 2", the descending high strings and xylophone become a desperate descending piano rhythm, more contemplative than cheerful. "Voldermort\'s" evil motif is now a mellow and soothing mood piece.
For several tracks, this is interesting and fun. But the Trio relies on the same trick, over and over again and gets old fast. The best cover album I\'ve ever heard was Mozart TV, where every track was a theme of famous TV show performed with a different classical influence. While that is not what the Mark Kramer Trio is trying to accomplish, a little variety would have spiced up the album. What we have is an odd novelty which is clever but in the end not clever enough.
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