The soundtrack to “The Eddy” is full of original and contemporary jazz music

Although Damien Chazelle The whirlwind follows the lives of several Parisian jazz artists, it is the music of Glen Ballard that is the real main character of the story. According to writer Jack Thorne, the songs of The whirlwind came first – before the character of Elliot Udo was created or The Earth director Damien Chazelle has been hired.

“[Producer] Alan Poul, who’s sort of the person behind it all, got treatment from Glen Ballard – who’s the incredible Grammy-winning musical mind and wrote all the songs – to do a TV show about this band “, said Thorne The Hollywood Reporter. Ballard wrote 20 original songs just for the show. “The music really has to be the blood of the show,” Ballard explained in a Netflix video.

Ballard explained to The Washington Post that its main objective for The whirlwindwas to “connect young listeners and viewers to what jazz could really be”. He said the project started in 2008, when he started writing songs about a legendary jazz club. In The whirlwindIn the jazz world, jazz is never forgotten or derided as music only suitable for elevators or senior centers.

“The pieces [Ballard] created are very… they can be appreciated by anyone because they are in tune with a more contemporary era,” director Houda Benyamina said in the video.

Once the music and the story were established, it was only natural that they would contact Chazelle. Not only did he spend part of his childhood in France, but his 2016 film The Earth was also an exploration of early and modern jazz. At the time, Vulture critical The Earth for portraying the jazz fusion persona of John Legend as the antagonist of Ryan Gosling’s Sebastian, when in fact most modern jazz musicians embrace exactly what the Legend character does. In The whirlwind, the bad optics of The Earth seem to be fixed, and there is no white character presented as the “savior of real jazz”. On the contrary, the diversified distribution of The whirlwind embraces contemporary jazz in all its liberating and eclectic glory.

Poul explained that the Eddy club is a soundstage they built for the show, and it’s designed so the crew can professionally record all the music live while they also film the show. This means that every song you hear is incredibly clear and the show itself works like its own soundtrack.

“Playing and recording music live on set adds a level of intensity to the whole project,” Elliot actor André Holland said in the video.

The whirlwind The soundtrack contains the aforementioned 20 songs, “Kiss Me in the Morning” being the first song available on iTunes and Spotify. The show’s version and the one sung by British singer Jorja Smith are currently available, and according to IndieWire, the rest of the songs will drop when The whirlwind premieres May 8.

If Ballard’s goal is to encourage young audiences to discover modern jazz, The whirlwindThe soundtrack of is perhaps the perfect springboard. Boasting a multicultural cast, upbeat trumpets and soulful vibes, The whirlwind can very well make a whole new generation stomp their feet.

Ada J. Kenney