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Soundtrack review: Get shorty (Antonio Sanchez – 2018)


Soundtrack review: Get shorty (Antonio Sanchez – 2018)



“Get Shorty” is an American comedy-drama television series created by Davey Holmes and inspired by the 1990 Elmore Leonard novel of the same title. Get Shorty follows “Miles Daly, who works as muscle for a murderous crime ring in Nevada. For the sake of his daughter, he attempts to change professions and become a movie producer, laundering money through a Hollywood film. But instead of leaving the criminal world behind, he accidentally brings it with him to Los Angeles.” Daly ends up working with “Rick, a washed-up producer of low-quality films who becomes Miles’ partner and guide through the maze of Hollywood. Antonio Sanchez wrote the score.

I remember the “Get shorty” movie from 20 years ago which stared John Travolta and Gene Hackman and Rene Russo, it’s one I revisit with pleasure every time it’s on; I am very curious about the TV show as well especially since I am a fan of both Chris O’Down and Ray Romano who are the leads. I must admit I was expecting a quirky and fun guitar based score but the first cue “Beginning” is a tense percussion based piece that has nothing of the comedic feel of the story but which does remind me of Lalo Schifrin’s 70s martial arts sound. At two minutes it’s the longest cue from this score as the rest of the tracks are mostly under a minute long. The solo percussion martial arts sound continues in the next cue “Owen runs” and I am starting to like it more and more; it was only a matter of readjusting my expectations regarding the overall sound of the score.

“Get shorty” is a very straightforward score, one of the clearest and truest to its sound I have heard in a long while; the composer takes that jazzy martial arts like percussion sound and, with a few subtle variations when he needs the tone to be quieter, keeps it going for the duration. It doesn’t matter how the cues are called or when one stops and the next one begins; this score is one long jazzy piece and if you like the first couple of tracks you’ll love it all. It’s hard to find highlights because most of the cues sound the same and me, I like this sound but it’s not 80s synth so it can’t get a maximum grade for me. Still the score gave me nostalgia for the countless martial arts movie I watched and I had a fine time listening to it outside the context of the TV show.

Cue rating: 80 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 2 / 39

Album excellence: 5%

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Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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