2002 Film Music CD Reviews
Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
The Lord of the Rings
– (A musical interpretation) Volume 1
2CDs MOVE MD 3251
[100:17] One [60:47] Disc Two [39:22]
I can very easily see that the idea of interpreting Lord of the Rings in jazz
was thought to be a highly innovative idea. Especially to be released in the
middle of the hugely successful movie trilogy. But it's because of the films'
existence – and admittedly my enjoyment of the Howard Shore scores – that I
just cannot take this album seriously.
If I were handed this music 'blind', and asked to make an appraisal of it in
terms of its musicality, then I'd be recommending it wholeheartedly. That's
not possible however, since it is inspired and promoted by the Rings name. As
such, it is an incongruity that I cannot get past.
I'm sure I owe fans of one camp or another an apology for this intractability
in my opinion, but there it is. Jazz + Tolkien do not gel. I hope fans of both
enjoy it nonetheless.