Title - 'Southpaw' (Sony Music Masterworks)
Artist - James Horner
Award-winning composer, James Horner tragically died in a plane crash on June 22nd, 2015, but luckily for us fans of his classical scores - movies and otherwise - there seems to still be some works in the can for us to enjoy and remember him by.
Point in question is Southpaw, a powerhaus of a film featuring a powerhaus performance from lead actor Jake Gyllenhaal (as reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World, Billy "The Great" Hope. From acclaimed director Antonie Fuqua ('Training Day'), Southpaw tells the riveting story of Billy, a man with an already-impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence), and a lavish lifestyle.
But when tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) leave him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city's toughest amateur boxes.
Having composed the music for more than 130 film and TV productions, including dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past three decades, Horner was one of the most prolific and celebrated film composers in history.
Listening to the tracks, hearing them link together, it's obvious from the off that Southpaw was not his average day at the studio. He has freely admitted that 'Southpaw' was a deeper, more atmospheric boxing movie that he had never musically tackled before, knew it would be challenging, and threw himself into its creation regardless. The 14 tracks are therefore edgy, simplistically raw in that there are no big studio orchestrations behind them, and as much as the action sequences (from the trailer) are immense in themselves, without Horner's touch they wouldn't be half as compelling, trust me.