On The Downbeat: In Concert
September / October 2011
On The Downbeat - Profiles:
* (April / May 2012) Jerry Goldsmith & The Films Of Michael Crichton
* (Dec. 2011 / Jan. 2012) Scoring The Films Of Ray Harryhausen
* (Sept ./ Oct.. 2011) Maurice Jarre
* (July 2011) Michael Kamen
* (May 2011) Basil Poledouris
On The Downbeat - In Concert:
* (April / May 2012) Basil Poledouris (CONAN THE DESTROYER), Jerry Goldsmith (STAR TREK: TMP),
Franz Waxman (TARAS BULBA), Dimitri Tiomkin (THE ALAMO), Ernest Gold (EXODUS),
Ennio Morricone (THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY)
* (Sept / Oct. 2011) Jeff Bridges ("Sessions'), John Barry (007 Suite, THE LION IN WINTER, DANCES WITH WOLVES),
Basil Poledouris (CONAN THE BARBARIAN), John Williams (SUPERMAN, HARRY POTTER, JURASSIC PARK)
JEFF BRIDGES - SESSIONS
Very often when actors release a vocal album, "polite indifference" is the outward response while "you gotta be effin' kiddin' me" of the scorn-and-ridicule sort the inward. Anyone remember "Mr. Tamborine Man" from WILLIAM SHATNER's 1968 album THE TRANSFORMED MAN, or "Party All The Time" from Eddie Murphy's HOW COULD IT BE? - 1985, ... produced by Rick James no less, bitch!). Not so with JEFF BRIDGES 2000 debut BE HERE SOON. Available as an Amazon.com CD-R, Bridges' pastiche homage (a bit of country, rock, blues and even old school R&B abetted with harmonies by former Doobie Brother MICHAEL MCDONALD) did well. It also proved he had the vocal chops to take on his eventually Oscar winning role as self-destructive country singer Otis "Bad" Blake in 2009's CRAZY HEART.
Impressed with Bridges' voice, Blue Note Records offered him the opportunity to record a studio album for general release. And the multi-hyphenate modern renaissance man (he's also an accomplished photographer and painter) responded with the self titled JEFF BRIDGES. Filled with extremely lyrical and listenable straight-up country tunes (refreshingly more poetic and optimistic than much of today's musical genre norm); and ushered in by the release of it's first single "What A Little Bit Of Love Can Do" (debut Aug. 15, 2011), the album to date has peaked at #10 on Billboard's "Country" chart, #2 on "Folk", and #5 on "Rock".
In June, 2011 AOL invited Bridges and his band to film live renditions from the album for it's online series "Sessions". We present five of those performances followed by a pair of short "Behind the Scenes / Interview" featurettes.
"What A Little Bit Of Love Can Do" (3:32) "Everything But Love" (4:36)
"Maybe I Missed The Point" (3:30) "The Quest" (3:00)
"Fallin' And Flyin'" (2:51) Behind the SESSIONS (2:38)
JEFF BRIDGES Interview (3:27)