Varèse Sarabande will release Sully – Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture digitally tomorrow, October 7th, and on CD on October 28, 2016.
The album features the original music composed once again by Clint Eastwood himself as well as Christian Jacob – and the Tierney Sutton Band: “One day he [director Clint Eastwood] called and very casually asked if Christian Jacob and I would come down and see how he had provisionally used some of our music in the rough cut of Sully,” Tierney Sutton recalled.
About the creation of the music for ‘Sully’
“We thought he was interested in just using a few bits of our recorded music —or perhaps asking us to recreate some of that mood in a new piece for the film. But after screening the entire film, we were asked to score the whole thing. Two days later, the whole band was in the studio creating cues to picture, with Clint giving us input. I also co-wrote the lyrics to a theme that Clint wrote that will be a song [Flying Home] heard during the end credits of the film.”
Since the Tierney Sutton Band has been together for over 20 years and has been known for its collaborative process of arranging music, the scoring process was improvisational in approach. “The scoring began over several themes written by both the director, Clint Eastwood, and myself,” Christian Jacob stated. “Every member of the band was watching scenes on the screen and improvising their own parts by following a basic lead sheet. We know each other so well, that our musical ideas fell beautifully in place.”
Tierney Sutton added, “Clint was with us every step of the way — and in fact, the band created the framework of the underscore, pretty much live to picture, in two 12 hour sessions, with Clint directing each cue.” Sutton continued, “The soundtrack album will give people a real, deep idea of the collaboration that occurred.”
Having listened to the full release, I can say that from the very beginning, it conveys a pleasantly warm feeling where Tierney Sutton’s soulful voice guides you beautifully through everything that happens to and around Captain Sullenberger. Another great aspect of the score is the suite at the very beginning which is over nine minutes long – even though it is unlikely because this score had a very different creative approach compared to others, I’d love to see this becoming a new standard in score releases!
It might sound strange but the score transports a feeling of honesty and intimacy which really let’s it stand out against other Hollywood scores. Living in Germany I won’t be able to see the movie before December but the score has definitely made me wanting to see if the visual storytelling impacts the viewer as deeply as this music release affects the listener.
About ‘Sully’ starring Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart
Sullly is set in 2009 on January 15th when the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. Sully also stars Aaron Eckhart (Olympus Has Fallen, The Dark Knight) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (The Savages, Showtime’s THE BIG C) as Sully’s wife, Lorrie Sullenberger.
About the Tierney Sutton Band
Taken together, the Tierney Sutton Band is a force to be reckoned with. The group functions as a true collaborative (and legally incorporated) unit, making all musical and business decisions as equal partners. This collective, and creatively fruitful, way of doing things was inspired by Sutton’s Baha’i faith and the example of her father, a civil rights attorney. Sutton made her recording debut with the 1998 album ‘Introducing Tierney Sutton‘. It was the start of what has evolved into a rich, thematic discography. Embracing both massive hits and more obscure, deep album tracks from Sting’s catalog, The Sting Variations is the latest studio triumph from the Tierney Sutton Band, released earlier this summer. Past TSB projects have addressed Americana (American Road, 2011), Materialism (Desire, 2009), The Pursuit of Happiness (On the Other Side, 2007) as well as the musical legacies of Bill Evans (Blue in Green, 2001) and Frank Sinatra (Dancing in the Dark, 2003).
Warner Brothers presents SULLY, currently showing in theaters worldwide with premiering in Japan as well as UK, Ireland, Germany, France and other European countries end of November or beginning of December. Varèse Sarabande will release the SULLY – Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture digitally tomorrow, October 7th, and on CD on October 28, 2016.