'Cooler' Kids: Krall, Fatone, Caldwell
Jazz artists Diana Krall and Bobby Caldwell plus 'N Sync's Joey Fatone are among the artists contributing to the lounge vibe of "The Cooler" soundtrack. Due Nov. 11 from Commotion Records/Koch EntertaJazz artists Diana Krall and Bobby Caldwell plus 'N Sync's Joey Fatone are among the artists contributing to the lounge vibe of "The Cooler" soundtrack. Due Nov. 11 from Commotion Records/Koch Entertainment, the set will also feature selections by actor Paul Sorvino, Tierney Sutton and a score composed by Mark Isham.
Set in Las Vegas, "The Cooler" stars William H. Macy as a gambler, Maria Bello as the cocktail waitress who turns his luck around and Alec Baldwin as the director of the aging Shangri-La casino. The Lions Gate film opens Nov. 19 in New York and Los Angeles and Dec. 19 across the U.S.
Sorvino plays Buddy Stafford, a heroin-addicted lounge singer, and turns out a performance of "Getting To Be a Habit With Me" on the album. Fatone appears in the film as upstart singer Johnny Capella, who steals Stafford's gig with his performance of "Can I Steal a Little Love."
Krall lends a rendition of the standard "I'll String Along With You" and Caldwell contributes "Luck Be a Lady." Newcomer Sutton adds a version of "My Funny Valentine" to the soundtrack.
The collection will be the debut release for the Commotion label, co-founded by former CBS Records chief Walter Yetnikoff and soundtrack veteran Tracy McKnight. "From the opening cue, I thought, this music is spot on," McKnight says. "It's smart, it's well placed, and Mark Isham's score is fantastic. It's the perfect soundtrack to launch our label, and I'm really proud to be associated with it."
The label is expected to release four to eight albums a year of independent film music, according to Bob Frank, president of Koch Entertainment, which will handle marketing and distribution. McKnight and Frank worked with Yetnikoff at the latter's Velvel Records, which Koch acquired in 1999.