Round Midnight

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

1986: Columbia CK 40464


  1. Round Midnight

    Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Bobby McFerrin

  2. Body and Soul

    Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Pierre Michelot, Billy Higgins, John McLaughlin

  3. Bérangère’s Nightmare

    Herbie Hancock, Pierre Michelot, Billy Higgins, John McLaughlin

  4. Fair Weather

    Herbie Hancock, Pierre Michelot, Billy Higgins, Chet Baker

  5. Una Noche Con Francis

    Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Pierre Michelot, Billy Higgins, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter

  6. The Peacocks

    Herbie Hancock, Pierre Michelot, Billy Higgins, Wayne Shorter

  7. How Long Has This Been Going On?

    Herbie Hancock, Pierre Michelot, Billy Higgins, Lonette McKee, Dexter Gordon

  8. Rhythm-a-Ning

    Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Tony Williams

  9. Still Time

    Herbie Hancock, Pierre Michelot, Billy Higgins, Dexter Gordon

  10. Minuit aux Champs-Élysées

    Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson

  11. Chan’s Song (Never Said)

    Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Bobby McFerrin

I got this probably not long after the film was released, initially on vinyl and then later on CD, because the moods of the film were such a haunting collision of emotions and abstractions (™ Joni Mitchell, for that reference) that I wanted to come back to it for repeat languid swims now and then. It’s still a treat of an album, lo these 30-plus years later, and I never tire of it although my appreciation for individual tracks shifts around over time. One remains consistently cherished, however: “Minuit aux Champs-Élysées” is an absolutely magical gem, and its dreamy ending mesmerizes me to this day with its sonic impressions of rain-spattered urban cobblestones.


HOME   •   MUSIC