It’s really a pity that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ruled out the great original score of Branford Marsalis of the Netflix feature adaptation of August Wilson’s play. Bottom of what renny black. The current rule of AMPAS is that movie music should consist of 60% of the original score, and this love letter to 1920s jazz and blues seems to fall within that quota. Marsalis’ fingerprints are scattered throughout the film from arranging the standards of jazz to making a big note to Viola Davis (scroll down to hear).
Not only does Marsalis create some tapping rhythms here, but he enthusiastically supports dangerous monologues about the African American experience with some subtle musical touches; Literalism in the face of great drama to be praised and acknowledged rather than closed by small AMPAS bases. I really hope Netflix challenges the Academy and lands What Renee In the shortlist of original points. The good news is that Marsalis’ score is still a consideration for the BAFTAs.
We talk to Marsalis about his upbringing in a musical dynasty in New Orleans, his rise in the music business, working with Spike Lee, and his days as a band leader in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Cornet Chadwick Bosman plays and re-collaborates with director George C. Wolf What Renee. The film marks the second time Marsalis has introduced the music to a piece by Wilson; Composer having recorded the 2010 Broadway revival Fences.