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Sideways (Score) [Soundtrack]

Rolfe KentAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 12, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: January 21, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Watertower Music
  • ASIN: B0002ZYDOW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Asphalt Groovin'
2. Constantine Snaps His Fingers
3. Drive!
4. Picnic
5. Lonely Day
6. Wine Safari
7. Miles' Theme
8. Los Olivos
9. Chasing The Golfers
10. Walk To The Hitching Post
11. Abandoning The Wedding
12. Slipping Away As Mum Sleeps
13. Bowling Tango
14. I'm Not Drinking Any #@%!$ Merlot!
15. Miles And Maya

Editorial Reviews

Writer-director Alexander Payne's critically acclaimed, multi-Academy Award nominated mid-life-crisis/road trip comedy fuses the sensibilities of 50's/60's Italian farce with the edgier, character-driven ethos of 70's American films. The director admits the film's musical score was largely inspired by the former's Neapolitan jazz sensibilities (and the work of Piero Umiliani in particular), as skillfully evoked by composer Rolfe Kent, Payne's previous collaborator on About Schmidt and Election. Some instrumental choices and rhythmic quirks are clearly evocative winks at that Italian canon, yet Kent has produced a bright, focused modern score that is anything but slavish to its inspirations. Marrying the inherently expansive nature of jazz to the brutal time constraints of film scoring has never been easy, but using an all-star 10-piece ensemble (featuring notable contributions from pianist Ron Feuer, Roger Burn on vibes, flautist Pedro Eustache, the sax of Dan Higgins and percussionist Alex Acuna), Kent does it here with deceptive ease, producing a breezy suite of jazz cues that pulses with playful, upbeat cool. --Jerry McCulley

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Jazz from a Very Good Movie. February 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
So much ink has been spilled on how leading actor Paul Giamatti of "Sideways" was unfairly shut out when the 77th Academy Award nominations were announced. Rest assured, Mr. Giamatti wasn't the only one who got slapped in the face by Oscar. In my opinion, Rolfe Kent, who composed the music for the movie "Sideways," should have been nominated for Best Score. Sure, "Sideways" has much to offer: an impossibly witty script, believable performances, a talented cast--but also a good score that nicely compliments the movie. Were it not for a few modern touches in production, this recording could have been mistaken for some obscure 1960s jazz album you'd stumble into at a used vinyl shop. "Asphalt Groovin'," "Slippin Away As Mum Sleeps," and "Miles and Maya" stand out due to crisp piano playing, vibes that recall the great Cal Tjader, and nice interplay between flutes and the saxophone. Like the movie, the music here is so hip it hurts. The CD's main flaw? It's only 37 minutes long. When the music is over, you're left savoring for more.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazzy Score January 27, 2005
By Liam F.
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Come the race for awards (Golden Globes, BAFTA, Oscars), Sideways came to my attention. The first thing that captured my attention was its unconventional movie poster; in its shade of lime green and 'stick men' I use to see on my kid brother's comic drawings. Very original indeed. SO IS THE MUSIC.

There has not been an original score for a motion picture that is completely jazzy as the score for Sideways. Rolfe Kent has created something which suited the film inside out; but could also stand on its own. The music is light and refreshing like a glass of chardonnay - or it could set the tone for a slightly sombre mood, like merlot (though a track here insists ferociously that "I do not want to drink any $%!@# merlot").

Overall, the feeling that Sideways the score inspires is amazing. It is lighthearted easy listening jazz, and somehow, it lifts your spirits. The instruments are wisely picked and cleverly played - the piano, percussion etc. I guess the best way to describe this is the feeling one gets hanging out at an outlet of coffee bean listening to some jazz music; only thing that this coffee bean outlet doesn't serve coffee; it serves wine.

Down to the tracks, my personal favourites are Asphalt Groovin', Lonely Day and Wine Safari. Rolfe Kent works on a immediately distinguishable theme and varies it throughout the CD, working the music at a faster pace to reflect the funny mood of the movie and slowing it down for the more 'dramatic' (if I may at all call any part of the movie that) scenes. The score is classy and while Sideways was a pleaser with its intellectual--but-so-very-funny screenplay, Rolfe Kent matches Alexander Payne's words with his ingenius score. Sideways the score is classic jazz and jazzily classical.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Score January 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This score perfectly matches the movie in which it appears. It doesn't overwhelm, try to steal the show or distract in any way from the action on screen. Rather, it compliments it like the perfect wine of a fine meal. It has been a very, very long time since I turned to my movie-going companion at the end of a film and said, "That was a great score". I can't imagine what the film would have been without it. That's how seamlessly integrated it was into the narrative.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big, comfy chair March 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Sit down in a nice big, soft, comfortable chair. Put your feet up. Pour yourself a glass of wine. Turn on this score. Close your eyes. Relax.

By far, one of the most relaxing, yet not cheesy, jazz albums released in recent years. I can't tell you how nice it is to relax to this soundtrack. I haven't seen the movie yet (though I'll be buying the DVD the day it comes out), but heard the soundtrack generating buzz because of the snubbing by the academy. So, this review is of the score as an album, not as an accompaniment to the film.

From the opening piece, to the closing track, this CD is a delight. Easy listening, soft jazz. The kind of stuff that makes you close your eyes, shake your head, and tap your feet. Give it a listen, and you'll be hooked!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tastes like summer July 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
When I saw the movie, I immediately was absorbed by the score that sets the perfect mood for the story. I rarely buy film-music, but this one's a real good sell. Since I bought it, it is my summer companion and I take it with me in the studio and in my car. Loungy without being 'hip'. A well made jazzy bouquet with a good vibe. Let's open up another bottle!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sidways February 6, 2005
By Donald
Format:Audio CD
The score to Sideways is a delight. First of all the music is great in and of itself, but more importantly it highlights rather than overwhelms the film. As a filmscore it captures the various emotions and scenes and makes the movie all the more captivating.

On its own, its just the kind of music to relax and enjoy a glass of good wine. I think the director had this in mind when he chose this music. If you like cool jazz, this will be a good item to add to your collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tunes for the Working Adults August 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Rolfe Kent's Jazz score set the exact mood this movie required. His relaxing score also goes well when you are in a nice wine bar or cafe.

This is by far the best jazz album I've gotten in recent years. Every track is NEW & Original! Unlike all the cover versions that surfaced recently because Jazz is in trend now... 

All you need to do after a day on the Rat Race Track - Pour yourself a glass of nice wine, turn on this score, close your eyes, sway to the music & Relax~.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THE MOVIE & MUSIC !
I have watched the Movie with my brother & boyfriend & other friends as well NUMEROUS TIMES ! LOVED the MUSIC & am NOT EVEN a JAZZ Person... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Michelle Hoca
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Upbeat Jazz
My wife and I love the movie Sideways and the soundtrack is no exception. I love listening to the album on scenic drives. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sideways Soundtrack
The CD was like brand new! I had to warm up to this older jazz style, but now I've been listening to it everyday in my car on the way to work. It is addicting!
Published 18 months ago by B. Barrington critical review
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this soundtract
This is one of my all time favorite movie soundtracts. The contemp jazzy combos really lifts your spirits. Read more
Published on April 3, 2012 by The Bard
5.0 out of 5 stars Aurally quaffable!
"Sideways" is an all-time favorite movie of mine for various reasons, one being the spot-on music. As I was watching my new Sideways [Blu-ray] the other day, it occurred to me... Read more
Published on September 18, 2010 by Erik Olson
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
My heart belongs to free jazz, but all jazz is lovable to me. So when I listened to the soundtrack to Sideways--remember when he is at the wine tasting and drinks the whole bowl, I... Read more
Published on May 16, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
3.0 out of 5 stars A joyous evening
This soundtrack is pleasant to hear, remember the movie, which is great and makes you want to drink wine. (laughs) I like to have this cd in my car. Read more
Published on February 3, 2010 by J. Maria Machado
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptionally Joyful, Mournful, and Beautiful Soundtrack
What amazes me about Rolfe Kent's compositions for Sideways (Widescreen Edition) is how they express all these unique emotions while similtaneously maintaining not only the point... Read more
Published on November 24, 2009 by Parrish A. Highley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Musical Score
If you liked the music while watching the movie then you will like this soundtrack. The music is great for many different environmental settings. Read more
Published on September 28, 2009 by SDphotoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Opinion of a college student
Assuming you have watched the movie, you probably liked the soundtrack and decided to look it up. This CD has a great collection of chill music to listen to just to feel a little... Read more
Published on November 14, 2008 by E. Pun
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