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Branford Marsalis Details Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Soundtrack


Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is the new Netflix film, out December 18, that stars Viola Davis as blues icon Ma Rainey and the late Chadwick Boseman in his final on-screen performance. Today, the soundtrack, featuring original music from Branford Marsalis, has been announced; it’s also out on December 18 (via Milan Records). Listen to the soundtrack’s “El Train” below.

“When I signed on to direct, I instantly knew I wanted to work with Branford Marsalis, because when you collaborate with Branford the composer/arranger, Branford the historian, musicologist, dramatist, and raconteur shows up as well,” director George C. Wolfe said in a statement. “And because he understands the inherently transgressive nature of the blues, Branford’s arrangements capture not only the cultural and regional DNA in Ma Rainey’s songs, but the wit and rage embedded in every note, shout, and moan.”

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Music From the Netflix Film):

01 Deep Moaning Blues
02 El Train
03 Lazy Mama
04 Chicago Sun
05 Those Dogs of Mine
06 Hear Me Talking to You (Instrumental)
07 The Story of Memphis Green
08 Jump Song
09 Leftovers
10 Shoe Shopping
11 Deep Henderson
12 Reverend Gates
13 Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
14 Levee’s Song
15 Sweet Lil’ Baby of Mine
16 In the Shadow of Joe Oliver
17 Hear Me Talking to You
18 Levee and Dussie
19 Levee Confronts God
20 Sandman
21 Baby, Let Me Have It All
22 Toledo’s Song
23 Chicago at Sunset
24 Skip, Skat, Doodle-do



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