Jerry Fielding The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet
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  • Released: May 15, 2012
  • Label: Perseverance Records


  • 1.Bleak Bad Big City Dawn
  • 2.The Pickup
  • 3.Exit Tunnel, Roaring!
  • 4.The Gauntlet
  • 5.The Box Car Incident
  • 6.Closer Look At A Closer Walk
  • 7.The Black Sedan
  • 8.Manipulation On The Center Divider
  • 9.The Delivery
  • 10.Postlude

Product Description:

Liner Note Author: Nick Redman .
Recording information: The Burbank Studios (09/13/1977); The Burbank Studios (09/15/1977).
This soundtrack to a 1977 Clint Eastwood action film is a member of a rare breed of action soundtrack -- i.e., the kind that is melodic enough to stand on its own away from the film. Composer Jerry Fielding was better known for creating avant-garde jazz soundscapes, but he tempers that angle of his approach here with elements of swinging big-band jazz, blues, and soul to create a series of tight, catchy instrumentals that are diverse enough to hold the listener's interest but smooth enough to flow together nicely as an album. The Gauntlet nicely re-creates the feel of a cinematic experience by offering up an effectively balanced combination of gentle, soothing melodies ("Bleak Bad Big City Dawn," which makes evocative use of Jon Faddis' swinging trumpet lines over a mellow, piano-driven rhythm section) and driving, attention-getting action music ("Manipulation on the Center Divider," which pits throbbing, Eastern-flavored percussion against percolating riffs from the horn section). Fielding finds one showcase for avant-garde tendencies on "The Box Car Incident," which builds from synthesizer drones and one-note string lines into a burst of militaristic horns and percussion, but it remains melodic enough to be compelling listening. However, the album's key cut is the title track, a stunning instrumental that combines jazz with traditional film orchestration to create a thrilling synthesis of swinging horns and taut, militaristic rhythms. All in all, The Gauntlet is a strong, consistently engaging album that is well worth a listen for any soundtrack buff whose tastes lean toward the "crime jazz" sound. ~ Donald A. Guarisco

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  • UPC: 827034004329
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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