Soundtrack Review: Jesse Stone The Ultimate Collection

Soundtrack Review: Jesse Stone The Ultimate Collection

Jesse Stone The Ultimate Collection Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score Jesse Stone The Ultimate Collection by Jeff Beal.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 84.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 24.9
Album Excellence: 19.6%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Jesse Stone is the lead character in a series of detective novels written by Robert B. Parker. They were among his last works, and the first series in which the novelist used the third-person narrative. The series consists of nine books, starting with Night Passage (1997) and ending with Split Image (2010), which Parker completed before his death in January 2010 but did not live to see published. The series was initially continued by Michael Brandman. In April 2014, Reed Farrel Coleman assumed the writing of the series. The novels have been adapted as nine TV films. The first eight films were commissioned by CBS, and aired from 2005 to 2012. A ninth film was picked up by the Hallmark Channel, and aired on October 18, 2015. The score is composed by Jeff Beal.

I think the only official score from any of the films came in 2009 from Varese Sarabande to the first Jesse Stone film, Stone Cold from 2005. I like that score a lot, but haven’t heard it in years sadly. Now Varese Sarabande has release a compilation of tracks from the 9 Jesse Stone films on 2 CDs. In the Digital PDF I got it says that Disc one primarily has music from “Stone Cold” which means some of the music has been released before. The rest is from “Night Passage”, “Death In Paradise”, “Sea Change”, “Thin Ice” and “No Remorse”. Disc 2 says “More Music From Paradise” and selected music from “No Remorse”, “Innocents Lost”, “Benefit Of The Doubt” and “Lost In Paradise”. Basically disc 1 is identical to the 2009 release of “Stone Cold” which also included music from “Night Passage”, “Death In Paradise”, “Sea Change”, “Thin Ice” and “No Remorse”. Disc 2 is the real gem in this compilation if you own that one. Let’s get started with “Stone Cold”. The score opens with ‘Paradise (Jesse’s Theme)’, a slow minimalistic theme playing with both light and dark. Jesse’s character has a dark side to it, whether it’s the alcohol or other things. That is pretty clear here. The “demon” roar inside this cue tells that story. The “detective” stuff comes in around 1:20 with a more jazz appeal, some vocals, quite haunting. It’s a good theme, fits the character, but it’s not a memorable theme.

What I always liked about Jesse Stone is the calmness of that place and his existence in it. ‘Jesse Walks Home’ takes that approach. It’s a simple motif, but the music tells me so much. It’s peaceful still, the world is still not overstepping. It’s a moment of contemplation. The music from “Stone Cold” is mostly cold though and “investigative”. You know the ones, the cues that are just there for the lead’s investigation and exploring. There’s too little of that lovely “thinking” music. Stone does have an identity though, that is clear through this music. “Stone Cold” might not be a classic and Beal certainly has written better television music than this, but it is nice and has a very distinct feel to it. This is Jesse Stone. Now the second disc is of course the most interesting, because it contains all new music never before officially released (to my knowledge). I wonder what “More Music From Paradise” is referring to. Stone has two adventures, one called “Death In Paradise” and “Lost In Paradise”, maybe it’s music from both. It opens with ‘Check Your Messages’ a cue that could have been on “Stone Cold” to be fair. It has that same investigative feel to the music, that same sound. Is there something new though? Nah, but should there be? This is Jesse Stone and he this universe has an established sound, one that the fans enjoy. What I find interesting though is that there’s a cue called ‘He Was A Cop’ and that music reminds me of his music for House Of Cards. It has that same jazz feel to it, and that trumpet sound which is unmistakable. For fans of the original “Stone Cold” CD, you will find more of the same in the second disc of this compilation and it’s a sound I enjoy. What do you think of the score?

HIGHLIGHTS:
CD1
2. Jesse Walks Home
3. Candace
8. Suitcase Simpson
11. Are You Tough
13. Above My Pay Grade
25. How Long Have You Known
26. Going Home Again

CD2
4. Have Dinner With Me
8. He Was A Cop
16. Lost My Conscience
18. Steve The Dog
22. Don’t Make Me Start Over

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