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Trevor Jones - film composer

Trevor Jones: From Hell - film score album cover Although much of Trevor Jones' work has been for British made films, this is by no means exclusively so. His early career seems to have included some Python films and some from the Jim Henson stable. The presence of many Hollywood films from recent decades underlines his respect in the industry but it is refreshing to see he is still associated with the film industry in the UK. In addition to his substantial original output, Jones is also an accomplished arranger of other's music when required. A good example of his skills as an arranger is "Brassed Off", the movie with Pete Postlethwaite conducting a Colliery Brass Band. Jones arranged the music played by the band in the film, and supplied the contrasting additional material which tells the human story behind the musical ambitions. Jones apparently has so many credits in the movie that in true Pythonesque manner, he even gets a credit for "person with most credits".

Trevor Jones, Randy Edelman: The Last of the Mohicans - film score album cover One of Jones' most distinguished soundtracks is the one for "The Last of the Mohicans". Drums feature in this in a two-fold role, side-drums depict the background conflict between French and British forces in America, while heavier drums seem to signify the magnificent natural landscape and the culture of the native Indian tribes. Within this setting, the music deftly illustrates the role of Hawkeye who prefers the company of the natives, the love he shares with Cora, and the tragic death of Uncas which results in his father Chingachgook being the last member of his tribe. Due to post-production delays, Jones was not able to complete the full score for other commitments. Some additional cues were provided by Randy Edelman in the same style, but the main themes and thrust of the music is Jones' work.

Jones' name continues to be associated with a wide range of film genres, including "In the Name of the Father", "Cliffhanger", "Notting Hill", "Brassed Off" (which sports some great musical and acting performances), "Dark City", "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" and "Around the World in 80 Days".

Black Angel (1980) - film poster There's an interesting story behind one of Jones' earliest scores, for the film short "Black Angel". George Lucas commissioned Roger Christian to create a short movie to be released along with "The Empire Strikes Back" based on his story Black Angel. Christian duly did this and many people in the UK and elsewhere saw "Black Angel" along with the 2nd Star Wars film on its first theatrical release back in 1980. The film was a medieval fantasy shot in various locations across Scotland and scored by then up-and-coming composer Trevor Jones. Since the short had a similar setting, it influenced John Boorman when it came to "Excalibur" which was released the following year in 1981. And of course Trevor Jones was asked to score Excalibur too. The film negative was thought lost when Rank Film Laboratories was closed, but it turned up again in 2011. The film was restored and shown to acclaim at film festivals, and you can now see the complete short film Black Angel on youtube. This has an introduction by Roger Christian who is now in pre-production on a feature-length adaptation.

Films by Trevor Jones:

    Trevor Jones - Gulliver's Travels soundtrack CD cover
  • Black Angel (1980) - short released with "The Empire Strikes Back"
  • Excalibur - not the Carl Orff Carmina Burana bits!
  • Time Bandits
  • The Sender
  • The Dark Crystal
  • Labyrinth
  • Mississippi Burning
  • A Private Life
  • Arachnophobia
  • Blame it on the Bell Boy
  • The Last of the Mohicans - finished by Randy Edelman
  • In the Name of the Father
  • G.I. Jane
  • Loch Ness - Scottish rock band Runrig produced a cover version of Wild Mountain Thyme which wasn't used in the film
  • Cliffhanger - expressive music to match the expansive scenery, and many moments of suspense and action
  • Brassed Off - additional material and "person with most credits"
  • Dark City
  • The Mighty
  • Titanic Town
  • Talk of Angels
  • Notting Hill - the orchestral bits between contemporary songs
  • Molly
  • Thirteen Days
  • From Hell - the latest film of the Jack the Ripper story by the Hughes Brothers, much of the music is dark and eerie though the contrasting material has a modern vibe
  • Crossroads
  • I'll Be There
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • Around the World in 80 Days (2004) - the Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan version
  • Chaos
  • Aegis
  • A Deal is a Deal
  • How to Steal 2 Million

TV work by Trevor Jones:

  • The Last Place on Earth - TV mini-series
  • Gulliver's Travels - the excellent Channel 4 production with Jones' grand orchestral score, the classical basis gives a period sound while the exhuberant cinematic scale makes it modern story-telling
  • Merlin - the TV mini-series with Sam Neill as Merlin
  • Cleopatra - TV mini-series
  • Dinotopia
  • Jozi-H
  • Blood and Oil - TV movie

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Here are some CD covers signed by Trevor Jones. Our thanks to Petr Kocanda for permission to use his collection of autographed CDs. Click on any thumbnail below to see the image full size in a separate window.

Trevor Jones: Aegis - signed CD Trevor Jones: Cleopatra - signed CD Trevor Jones: Dark City - signed CD Trevor Jones: The Mighty - signed CD