Q, March 1996

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Elvis Costello and Richard Harvey

Original Music From The Channel Four Series
Jake's Progress

Robert Yates

This is a re-match for the team which, with GBH, won a BAFTA in 1992 for the Best Original Television Music — an Alan Bleasdale drama, with music co-written by Costello and film and TV composer Harvey. If Costello's work has to be divided between "classical" and "pop", this falls on the classical side, consisting of a series of short orchestral pieces. Since the music accompanies a whole host of different scenes it's no surprise that the tone varies. Still, the dominant mood veers between melancholy and wistfulness, and includes a handful of simple, seductive melodies. Briefly, for one track, "Grave Dance," Costello calls upon Attractions drummer Pete Thomas and straps on an electric guitar himself. It's as if Jimi Hendrix has leapt into the orchestra pit, but normal service quickly resumes.


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Q, No. 114, March 1996

Robert Yates reviews Jake's Progress.


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