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Various Artists • School Daze OST (EMI) 1988
The soundtracks to Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It and Do The Right Thing are both highly recommended examples of (Spike’s dad) Bill Lee’s particular brand of folky spiritual jazz. DTRT, especially, is evidence of Lee’s talent for writing film music that is somehow both vast and intimate, searching and tender. Often overlooked, though, is this LP of music from the film that was released in between; a big favorite of mine: the quasi-musical, School Daze. The soundtrack is an eclectic affair that ranges from the go-go of E.U. to movie musical numbers performed by the cast. Of the non-Lee numbers, I’m particularly fond of the sultry “Perfect Match”, written by Lenny White and performed by Tech And The Effx. There are also: two gorgeous versions of Lee’s “One Little Acorn” (one solo piano and one with Kenny Barron in duet with Terence Blanchard); Lee’s torchy “Be One” beautifully realized by Phyllis Hyman with small group backing; and the epic, bruised, resilient “Wake Up Suite” performed by Lee’s Natural Spiritual Orchestra. This last piece is similar in tone and orchestration to the DTRT music, though unrelated to that score’s similarly titled “Wake Up Finale.” It’s a shame Bill Lee wasn’t able to record more of this large ensemble work. And, oh yeah, fuck an Academy Award.
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