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Havana: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack

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Out of print in the U.S.! Oscar-winning keyboardist, film-composer and GRP Records founder Dave Grusin wrote the soundtrack to this 1990 film starring Robert Redford. Grusin enlists the help of many great musicians on this recording including Lee Ritenour, Dave Valentin, Arturo Sandoval, Alex Acuna, Abe Laboriel, Brian Bromberg, Clair Fisher, Harvey Mason, Sal Marquez and many others. 12 tracks. GRP.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Main Title - Arturo Sandoval/Dave Valentin
  2. Night-Walk - Sal Marquez
  3. Cuba Libre ('Se Fue') - Dave Grusin/Lee Ritenour/Dave Valentin/Arturo Sandoval/Alex Acuna/Ave Laboriel/Brian Bromberg...
  4. Santa Clara Suite: I. Vayase/II. Milicia Y Refugos/III. Fuego Peligroso/IV. Epilogue - Lee Ritenour/Dave Valentin/Arturo Sandoval
  5. A Los Rumberos De Belen - Grupo Sierra Maestra
  6. Love Theme - Dave Grusin
  7. Hurricane Country - Dori Caymmi/Sal Marquez
  8. Lost In A Sweet Place - Lee Ritenour
  9. Mambo Lido - Dave Valentin/Arturo Sandoval
  10. El Conuco - Don Menza/Arturo Sandoval
  11. Adios Habana - Sal Marquez
  12. La Academia - Dave Valentin


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 4, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: December 12, 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Imports
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000001O9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Barnaby Finch on December 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Havana may have been a mediocre movie, but the score by Dave Grusin is lovely and under-appreciated. Dave is one of the finest film music composers, having contributed to, among others, "Three Days Of The Condor", "Tootsie", "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter", "The Graduate", "The Firm", "The Cure", and "Random Hearts", all scores worth listening to. He won a Grammy for "The Fabulous Baker Boys", and an Oscar for "The Milagro Beanfield War".

Dave is at his lyrical best here, with a gorgeous main theme that has amazing motivic development. Film composers are notoriously rushed into completing their music - it's at the end of production and everyone wants the film out. The word on this score is that Sydney Pollack, out of respect for Dave, gave him a more reasonable amount of time to complete this beautiful work. Another reviewer in these pages has noted some similarities in thematic material from cue to cue, but this is not a flaw in Grusin's composing, but is the nature of film music. One introduces a theme and then varies and re-uses it throughout the film - it helps to conjure up feelings of nostalgia and provides effective emotional subtext. It's best to listen to film music compilations like a musician would - with close attention to the subtle variations on a few themes. I notice a little Michel Legrand influence here and there.

An absolutely magnificent piece of scoring from one of the industry's best...

Barnaby Finch
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Beautiful soundtrack. I smell some of the feel of Ivan Lins in the vocal track that runs over closing titles. I could find no mention of Lins, a Brazilian composer, on the reviews.
I have to find a nice CD of this Grusin work.

CCW
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As one of the few who love the film, which was panned by critics, I'm thinking now that maybe the reason I keep watching it is mostly the soundtrack. I'm nostalgic about that era and Cuban music anyway, but this CD, along with the Buena Vista Social Club, really takes me back. It's gorgeous.
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Dave Grusin is a wonderful musician and another example of his work that I have is the soundtrack for On Golden Pond.
These two are similar in some ways. Wonderful playing by Arturo Sandaval and very moody and true to Cuban sensibilities.
I would and have recommended this soundtrack to many others.
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Dave Grusin confirms once more the arsenal of his creative powers when composed this unusual soundtrack with a little help from his friends: Ritenour, Valentin Sandoval, Acuña and a lot of talented musicians who were extremely inspired.

Fabulous Latin mood.

Above the average all the way: You won't believe it.
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When Havana first came out, I had no interest in seeing it. Then while browsing on Dave Grusin's website a few years I came across this CD and thought I'd give it a listen....I'm so glad I did! All the songs are played with such feeling and emotion. I would have given the CD five stars, but I felt that Grusin overused the same basic melody in many of the songs (he did the same thing on the "Condor" soundtrack as well).

The one song that sticks out the most is "Hurricane Country". The muted trumpet; the wordless vocals by Dori Caymmi; the beautiful and haunting string arrangements-it is the most original, unique song that I've ever heard. Simply incredible.

As for the movie, I've never seen CasaBlanca so I can't say that it's better or worse. I'll say that it's a decent film and a nice quiet way to spend time with that special someone.
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Oh boy. Read the reviews of others and really expected something Latin - Spanish guitar, etc. ? Maybe there's another Havana that Grusin did that has all that, but this isn't it. Disappointing. Funny thing is the reviews said the movie was terrible but the MUSIC......so I bought it. Mmm mmm mmm. The movie must've really been the pits, bc this album is right down there.
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While the film starring Robert Redford was mediocre, the music by Dave Grusin was, in my humble opinion, extraordinary. I never tire of listening to it. Too bad it did not get the recognition it deserved.

This CD is worth its penny in gold.
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