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 Post subject: INTRADA Announces Kenyon Hopkins' THE HUSTLER
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:01 pm 
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INTRADA Presents:

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THE HUSTLER
Composed and Conducted by KENYON HOPKINS
INTRADA Special Collection 375

In the 1961 20th Century Fox film The Hustler, one of the elements that keeps the film resonating is its extraordinary score, perhaps the masterpiece of its composer, Kenyon Hopkins. Hopkins had shown a consistent, passionate commitment to the jazz idiom, along with a respectful acknowledgment of American blues and roots music. The moody, atmospheric, and determinedly ambient music is relatively sparse, but no less powerful in the film. Like the film itself, Hopkins’ score is both gritty and tender and sweetly redolent. His top-of-the-line players include pianist Hank Jones, sax player Phil Woods, trumpet maestro “Doc” Severinsen, and the likes of Bernie Glow, Jerome Richardson, Jimmy Cleveland, Milt Hinton and Joe Wilder Hopkins. The score features extraordinary use of oboe, flute, French and English horns, and muted trumpet— not necessarily colors of first choice in jazz—to lend gravitas to the more serious, melancholy moments in the score. Much of the music here is “city streets”-style jazz: potent yet minimalist— and about as far from traditional Hollywood symphonic scoring as one can get. And yet, Hopkins respects tradition by providing recurring themes and motifs, often to underscore characters as well as onscreen action.

This new release from Intrada was assembled from the original multi-track stereo session elements in the Fox vaults by Mike Matessino, and showcases expertly one of Hopkins most important works. Hopkins remains a film music enigma— with a multitude of film and LP credits, but very few CD releases.

In the film, Fast Eddie Felson (Paul Newman), knows next to nothing, but he does have talent. Arrogant, cocky, and clueless, Felson believes he’s ready to beat the greatest of pool players: the legendary Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). But Eddie gets drunk, losing every advantage, and loses. Eddie, despite all his flashy gifts, is a loser and is surrounded by a cocktail of richly detailed, profoundly desperate characters. Yet, despite the horrors he is forced to endure—and to which he tragically contributes— Felson nevertheless emerges by film’s end as a man redeemed.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:53 am 
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This sounds gorgeous, Intrada have done it again with this release.
Great work as always Doug, thank you.
Can't wait to bag a copy.


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This is one of the best.

It's the only Kenyon Hopkins score released on vinyl that I don't have.

Great film with a number of seedy mofo's hanging around the poolhall.

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Ordered! Hope to see more Hopkins releases in the future. Thanks


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WorkingWithKnives wrote:
This is one of the best.

It's the only Kenyon Hopkins score released on vinyl that I don't have.

Great film with a number of seedy mofo's hanging around the poolhall.


Yeah, it was fun seeing one of those "mofo's" turning out to be the famed boxer Jake LaMotta, who of course was the legendary "Raging Bull" that Robert De Niro played in the also famous Scorsese movie.

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And the greatest of the great Willie Moscone making the shots and racking up the balls.


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I don't think I've ever heard Silver Age Fox elements sound this good. Awesome find, assuming it was a recent find and not inexplicably looked over all this time.


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I have my copy.

Surprised to see the name of the truly great Roswell Rudd in the musician credits. I've been aware of Roswell's music for years yet this is the first time I've seen his name in context of a film score aside from the experimental New York Eye And Ear Control.

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T. Newman Fan wrote:
I don't think I've ever heard Silver Age Fox elements sound this good. Awesome find, assuming it was a recent find and not inexplicably looked over all this time.

The original 3-track analog stereo tapes were found in pristine condition on this one. We didn't have them at first, but asking the right questions to the right person uncovered them. The tapes were immediately transferred into high res digital (96/24) and work on the release went smoothly.

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