Round Midnight (soundtrack)

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Round Midnight
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Soundtrack album by Herbie Hancock
Released 1986
Recorded 1985
Genre Jazz
Label Columbia
Producer Herbie 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
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

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, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Dexter Gordon, Pierre Michelot, Billy Higgins, John McLaughlin, Chet Baker, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, Lonette McKee, and Cedar Walton, most of whom appear in the film. It won the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score in 1986, against strong competition, most notably Ennio Morricone's The Mission and Jerry Goldsmith's Hoosiers. Additional music recorded during the making of the film was released under Dexter Gordon's name as The Other Side of Round Midnight (1986).

Track listing[edit]

  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


Oscar win[edit]

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 to 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."[2] Morricone, who has never won a competitive Oscar, 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!".[3]


  1. ^ "Round Midnight [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] - Dexter Gordon | AllMusic". 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Hoosiers soundtrack review at Retrieved 2011-03-27.
  3. ^ Adam Sweeting (2001-02-23). "The Friday interview: Ennio Morricone | Film". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-07.