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Michael Jordan to the Max by John Debney 

Composed, Conducted and Produced by John Debney
  Performed by The Skywalker Symphony Orchestra
Executive Producers: Ken Ross, Mary Ramos-Oden, Michelle Silverman
Released by Chapter III Records August 22, 2000


Michael Jordan comes to the big screen!  I mean the BIG screen.  The latest IMAX adventure features the best basketball player to jump off of a professional basketball court.  Much along the lines of Michael Jordan's other film, Space Jam, this compilation soundtrack features a barrage of pop tracks spanning various styles.  Unfortunately, this release only calls composer John Debney's score off of the bench for a few meager minutes to spell the starting pop stars.  

Given the grandiose music used in the trailers for this film - Legends of the Fall by James Horner, one might anticipate a little more dramatic music.  This is not the case.  Debney chooses to continue in the contemporary groove already established.  With a somewhat mellow beginning, Home with a Vengeance (10) soon kicks into a hip, rhythmic adventure.  The other selection from Debney, Gotta Come through Chicago (11) also is also an R & B influenced piece but includes a number of synthesized elements that evoke thoughts of Graeme Revell. 


The Bottom Line

John Debney's contribution is slight and will not excite those looking for more of his brash music found in Cutthroat Island.  This release is a compilation of some very familiar tunes from television and the radio waves with two pieces from John Debney.  The album, as a whole, provides a light diversion from the "serious" film music listen with invigorating music from Fatboy Slim, relaxing melodies from Kim Simmons and a bit of nostalgia from Earth, Wind and Fire.



Rating: 5/10



 Composition 5/10

 CD Length

6/10   |