|THE MUSIC: DIRECTOR'S NOTES|
| TRACK 2
JIM CULLUM JAZZ BAND
JOSEPH MEYER AND
If I had to choose a favorite "source" track for the film -- this would be it. BLUE RIVER is what I would call a "little known Jazz standard" if there can be such a thing. It was popularized by Bix Beiderbecke -- the influential early Jazz cornetist, and is played by Jim Cullum in a similarly easy, breathy, melancholy style. Beiderbecke was a tragic and amazing artist who died too young and yet had an amazing impact on Jazz. But what fascinated me is the song and the way the band plays it. From the first notes of John Sheridan's piano and Evan Christopher's clarinet solo, it is sweet, hopeful, rich, proud and almost tragic. It underscores Fletcher's delicate handling of Roz as he brings her to his home in Texas (where most of what is being said is left un-said and in-between the lines), and is later used as the soundtrack for his performance at the sick girl's party on San Antonio's south side.
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