Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"Mo' Better Blues" (1990)

Mo' Better Blues is a 1990 drama film starring Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, and Spike Lee, who also directed.  It follows a period in the life of a fictional jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam (played by Washington) as a series of bad decisions result in his jeopardizing both his relationships and his playing career. The film focuses on themes of friendship, loyalty, honesty, cause-and-effect and ultimately salvation. It features the music of the Branford Marsalis quartet and Terence Blanchard on trumpet.

The soundtrack to the film was composed and played by Branford Marsalis Quartet and Terence Blanchard.
In 1991, the soundtrack was nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Best Jazz Album, but lost to saxophonist Najee for "Tokyo Blue".
"Harlem Blues" (vocals: Cynda Williams) 4:50
"Say Hey" 3:18
"Knocked Out the Box" 1:35
"Again, Never" 3:54
"Mo' Better Blues" 3:40
"Pop Top 40" (vocals: Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes) 5:40
"Beneath the Underdog" 5:07
"Jazz Thing" (Gangstarr, Kenny Kirkland, Robert Hurst) 4:48
Harlem Blues (Acappella Version)" (vocals: Cynda Williams) 4:46

Los Angeles Times > Movie review

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