Round Midnight (soundtrack)

Round Midnight is a soundtrack album by Herbie Hancock featuring music recorded for Bertrand Tavernier's film Round Midnight released in 1986 on Columbia Records. The album features performances by Hancock, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Tony Williams, vocalist Bobby McFerrin, tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, bassist Pierre Michelot, drummer Billy Higgins, guitarist John McLaughlin, trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, vocalist Lonette McKee, and pianist Cedar Walton, most of whom appear in the film. It won the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score in 1986, beating Ennio Morricone's The Mission and Jerry Goldsmith's Hoosiers, among others. Additional music recorded during the making of the film was released under Dexter Gordon's name as The Other Side of Round Midnight (1986).

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Soundtrack album by
RecordedJuly 1–12 and August 20–23, 1985
StudioLive at Studio Eclair, Epinay Sur Seine, France, Studio Phillipe Sarde, Paris, France
GenreJazz, hard bop
LabelColumbia 40464
ProducerHerbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock chronology
Village Life
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Jazz Africa
Dexter Gordon chronology
American Classic
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The Other Side of Round Midnight
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[2]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Round Midnight" (Thelonious Monk, Bernie Hanighen, Cootie Williams) – 5.35
  2. "Body and Soul" (Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green) – 5.54
  3. "Bérangère's Nightmare" (Hancock) – 3.06
  4. "Fair Weather" (Kenny Dorham) – 6.05
  5. "Una noche con Francis" (Bud Powell) – 4.22
  6. "The Peacocks" (Jimmy Rowles) – 7.16
  7. "How Long Has This Been Going On?" (Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin) – 3.12
  8. "Rhythm-a-Ning" (Monk) – 4.11
  9. "Still Time" (Hancock) – 3.50
  10. "Minuit aux Champs-Elysées" (Henri Renaud) – 3.26
  11. "Chan's Song (Never Said)" (Stevie Wonder, Hancock) – 4.15


Chart (1987) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 74


Oscar winEdit

The awarding of the Oscar for Best Original Score to Round Midnight has been considered one of the most controversial wins in that category, beating out James Horner's score for Aliens, Jerry Goldsmith's score to Hoosiers and Ennio Morricone's score for The Mission. In his review of the score for Hoosiers, Christian Clemmensen of stated: 'The awarding of the original score Oscar for 1986 to Herbie Hancock for Round Midnight is considered one of the greatest of the many injustices that have befallen nominees for that category. Ennio Morricone and, to a lesser extent, James Horner were worthy of recognition that year, though Goldsmith's Hoosiers stands in a class of its own because of its immense impact on the picture.'[4] Morricone, who had never won a competitive Oscar at the time, said in an interview: 'I definitely felt that I should have won for The Mission, especially when you consider that the Oscar-winner that year was Round Midnight, which was not an original score. It had a very good arrangement by Herbie Hancock, but it used existing pieces. So there could be no comparison with The Mission. There was a theft!'.[5]

Other versionsEdit


  1. ^ "Round Midnight [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] - Dexter Gordon | AllMusic". 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  2. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 584. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 284. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ Hoosiers soundtrack review at Retrieved 2011-03-27.
  5. ^ Adam Sweeting (2001-02-23). "The Friday interview: Ennio Morricone | Film". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  6. ^ "The Peacocks". Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Metamorphosen". Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  8. ^ "S'Wonderful: The Music of George Gershwin". Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Fingerpainting: The Music of Herbie Hancock". Retrieved 18 July 2015.