Chef (Original Soundtrack Album)
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Jon Favreau is back in the writer/ actor /director chair with Chef, his latest concoction. It is a return to his indie roots peppered with appearances from close friends such as Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson and the irresistible Sofia Vergara. A road trip from Miami via New Orleans, Austin to LA, or from Salsa to Brass Band, Country & Hip Hop.In the words of Variety's Joe Leydon: "The eclectic mix of musical selections chosen by music supervisor Mathieu Schreyer could encourage many ticket-buyers to rush home and download the entire soundtrack."
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Digital Booklet: Chef [Original Soundtrack Album]
Digital Booklet: Chef [Original Soundtrack Album]
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The songs featured in this collection plays pretty much in the same order as they appear in the movie. We start off with Pete Rodriguez's "I Like It Like That", and the positive vibes can immediately be felt. The movie has a strong Cuban (maybe I should say American-Cuban) element to it, so there are quite a few songs that either are influenced by that sound, or are outright performed in that style. Check out Roberto Roena's "Que Se Sepa", and later on Gente de Zona's "Homenaje Al Beny (Castellano Que Bueno Baila Usted)". But the very best of them come from Perico Hernandez, whose band we see perform several songs in the movie itself, including a delightful Cuban take on Santana's "Oye Como Va" and also "La Quimbumbia". The movie also goes to New Orleans, and so we get a couple of tracks influenced by that style of music, including a hilarious cover of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" by the Hot 8 Brass Band. When the movie goes to Austin for a few scenes, I was delighted to see that they had Gary Clark Jr. perform in the movie, and this is also included here ("When My Train Pulls In", the original studio version of which appears on his excellent album "Blak and Blu"). Bottom line, I couldn't be more pleased about this soundtrack. It's got everything that was in the movie, and in the right order. What more could you possibly ask for?
As to the movie itself, I had seen the trailer, but still am surprised how good it actually turned out. The first half of the movie is primarily focused on the "foodie" aspects, in particular the spats between the Jon Favreau character and his restaurant owner and a food critic, respectively, while the second half of the movie brings a tender look at the relationship with the Favreau character and his 10 year old son. One of the better movies I've seen this year.
Bottom line: "Chef", both the soundtrack and the movie, is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
As an album, the Chef soundtrack is 5 STARS - no question!
I recently bought the Vinyl. It sounded great.
However, on the opening track "I Like It Like That," the record jumped. Only on this track.
The packaging was torn on the inside, as was the Vinyl sleeve, so I figured it might have been accidentally scratched when it was packed, etc.
I returned it. No problem at all. New copy was shipped very quickly.
Got my new copy, packaging was fine, popped it on the turntable, and the record skipped in the SAME EXACT SPOT on the opening track, again.
I'm not sure if these are just bad pressings or what. But it's really annoying.
I'd really want this vinyl, but, if I keep getting versions that jump in the same exact spot, then what's the point of the exchange? I'm hoping the seller has some answers.
Great album though - top to bottom. Unique, fun, and perfect for a chill night when you're cooking!
Jon Favreau is back in the writer / actor / director chair with his film `Chef' and his latest concoction. It is a return to his indie roots peppered with appearances from close friends such as Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson and the irresistible Sofia Vergara. A road trip from Miami via New Orleans, Austin to LA, or from Salsa to Brass Band, Country & Hip Hop. In the words of Variety's Joe Leydon: "The eclectic mix of musical selections chosen by music supervisor Mathieu Schreyer could encourage many ticket-buyers to rush home and download the entire soundtrack."
Executive Album Producer: Jon Favreau
Album Producer: Mathieu Schreyer
Front Cover Artwork: Dani Messerschimdt and Robert Downey Jr.
Executive Album Producers of Milan Record: Stefan Karrer and J.C. Chamboredon
Graphic Design and Layout: Shawn Lyon
Album Mastered: Nick Taylor at Air-Edel Studios, London
Music Clearance and Licensing: Laura Katz and Chris Piccard
Label: Milan Records
01. Pete Rodriguez: I Like It Like That
02. Courtney John: Lucky Man
03. Grant Phabao, The Lone Ranger and Carlton Livingston: A Message To You Rudy
04. Liquid Liquid: Cavern
05. El Michels Affair: C.R.E.A.M.
06. The Martinis: Hung Over
07. Roberto Roena: Que Se Sepa
08. Louie Ramirez: Ali Baba
09. Gente de Zona: Homenaje Al Beny (Castellano Que Bueno Baila Usted)
10. Quantic & Nickodemus feat. Tempo & The Candela Allstars: Mi Swing Es Tropical
11. Rebirth Brass Band: Bustin' Loose
12. The Hot 8 Brass Band: Sexual Healing
13. Gary Clark Jr.: When My Train Pulls In (Live in Austin)
14. Ronnie Hudson And The Street People: West Coast Poplock
15. Perico Hernandez: Oye Como Va (Live at el Jefe)
16. Perico Hernandez: La Quimbumbia (Live at el Jefe)
17. Lyle Workman: One Second Every Day
Andrew's Compact Disc Review: Jon Favreau is back in the chair with his awesome road film `Chef' and with his latest CD Album concoction. It is a return to his indie roots peppered with appearances from Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson and the irresistible Sofia Vergara.
After being fired from his restaurant, Chef Carl Casper [Jon Favreau] cooks up a food truck business in hopes of re-establishing his artistic promise and family. He hits the road with his sous-chef [John Leguizamo] and his 11-year-old son [Emjay Anthony], making beautifully-filmed stops in foodie meccas Miami, New Orleans, Austin and Los Angeles.
The Soundtrack Compact Disc Album, featuring a song selection by KCRW's own Mathieu Schreyer, perfectly mirrors the road trip. For each town, a sample of food and music: salsa-infused Miami to the sounds of Pete Rodriguez and the reggae beats of Grant Phabao, The Lone Ranger and Carlton Livingston, the unmistakable brass band groove in New Orleans with the Rebirth Brass Band and the Hot 8 Brass Band, the gritty guitar sounds from Austin courtesy of Gary Clark Jr. and, in Los Angeles, a West Coast classic hip-hop tune by Ronnie Hudson & The Street People, which is a great compliment to the fantastic character driven film, that is a 10 out 10 star rating.
The physical Compact Disc is held in a high-quality DigiPak designed Cover Album which the artwork was designed by Robert Downey Jr. It also includes liner notes by the director and original recipes from Chef Roy Choi of Kogi Food Truck fame. "The eclectic mix of musical selections chosen by music supervisor Mathieu Schreyer are brilliantly brought together and the compilation Compact Disc combines a soundtrack full of Latin beats and New Orleans grooves and goes with a film that has a heart the size of Texas and the World. As an added bonus, you get printed inside the DigiPak CD cover is 3 Recipes by Roy Choi and they are: Cubano; Tostones with Chile Vengar and Salsa Verde and they sound fantastic and I think they were used in the film.
Finally, like this brilliant awesome film, `Chef' has you saying, "Food, glorious food!" This is what you will say about this totally brilliant Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD Album, because it goes so well as a good compliment with `Chef' the film Jon Favreau's good-natured culinary comedy directed film, which will works as an appetite stimulant. And where there's delicious food -- there is plenty of well-prepared awesome 17 subline unabashed tracks that you will totally devour. But the only downer to this excellent CD Soundtrack Album is track 13. Gary Clark Jr.: When My Train Pulls In (Live in Austin), sadly this is the only one I really hated, as it is heavy rock and just doesn't do anything to me, as I cannot remember where it appeared in the film.
But to sum up about this fantastic compilation CD Album, it is best to leave the last word to Jon Favreau in his printed [sic] Note From The Director on this inside of the Special DigiPak, because Jon Favreau says, "We were even able to combine some inspired soulful original recordings captured live on the set. Perico kicked off the filming with this timeless Cuban salsa. We also sought to break down the soundtrack to musical ingredients and mother sauces. Whether it was the original songs sampled by hip-hop "Cavern" and "West Coast Poplock" or genre-bending covers "C.R.E.A.M.," "Bustin' Loose" and "Sexual Healing." I attempted to do with music what chefs do with food. I wanted to create a layered menu that worked as a whole, while each course having its own playful personality. None of this should matter however. When I first sat down with Mathieu Schreyer, we tasked ourselves with assembling a soundtrack that could serve in place of score, but would listen like a playlist. You should be able to hit play and one song should roll into the next like an old vinyl album. If you find yourself grooving to the awesome 17 tracks, then we've done our job. Jon Favreau. Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom