Only one day before Chef’s official premiere, Milan Records released the soundtrack of Jon Favreau’s film, and saw it immediately entering the list of the best compilations of 2014. And as for Favreau, he signs the script and takes on not only the direction and production of Chef, but also the lead role of Carl Casper, a man who reinvents himself and from an aspiring chef, ends up serving Cuban sandwiches at a seemingly dodgy canteen.
His journey begins in Los Angeles and continues to Miami, where he acquires his own vehicle and embarks on a road-trip back to L.A., stopping off in New Orleans and Austin, where he amazes the crowds with his culinary skills and gains tremendous readership through social media. Along the way he meets colourful characters portrayed by Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey, Jr., while Favreau, the filmmaker, collaborates with music supervisor Mathieu Schreyer, to dress each of Carl Casper’s adventurous stops with the most electrifying tunes. It comes as no surprise that Chef’s OST is noticeably jazzy –consisting entirely of Latin jazz, New Orleans jazz and clear blues sounds.
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Hot 8 Brass Band – Sexual Healing
After vintage highlights in their original versions – Liquid Liquid’s Cavern, Pete Rodriguez’s I Like It Like That, Roberto Roena’s Que Se Sepa and Louis Ramirez’s Ali Baba – Schreyer chooses to restore some world hits that seem to fit Favreau’s film like a glove. Cuban covers – El Michels Affair’s CREAM (by Wu-Tang Clan), Rebirth Brass Band’s Bustin Loose (by Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers), the Hot 8 Brass Band’s Sexual Healing (by Marvin Gaye), Perico Hernandez’s Oye Como Va (by Tito Puente) and Grant Phabao, the Lone Ranger, and Carlton Livingston’s version of A Message to You Rudy (by the Specials) – have never before been so inventive.
Listen to the Chef OST here:
And on top of all this, the Chef OST comes with some more secret weapons that make it one of the most anticipated, original and unique soundtracks of the year. One of them is When my train pulls in by Gary Clark Jr., a live recording from Austin, Texas, which adds to the bluesy feel of the compilation, and to the beautiful atmosphere of the Chef’s van, “El Jefe”. The Grammy-winning singer and guitarist also makes a cameo appearance in Favreau’s film in which he performs this song live –a great moment to keep an eye out for when watching Chef.
Gary Clark Jr. – When My Train Pulls In
The soundtrack closes with an instrumental theme by composer Lyle Workman (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Stand Up Guys, 21 & Over, Get Him to the Greek, Yes Man, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) who also signs the additional music-score of the film. With nostalgic, acoustic-guitar sounds, One Second Everyday covers the entire video-project made by the protagonist’s son who, during their road trip, collects several single-second-clips on his phone, and presents them to us in one piece at the end of the movie along with the end credits. (This is Workman’s second official collaboration with Favreau, after Made in 2001.) And for those of you who enjoyed the film and the delicious dishes served by Carl Casper, the soundtrack holds one last surprise: it comes with some of the recipes seen in Chef, to be prepared while enjoying this unique jazzy, bluesy OST.
Chef: The Soundtrack – Tracklist
1.Pete Rodriguez – I Like It Like That (04:27)
2. Courtney John – Lucky Man (03:18)
3. Grant Phabao / The Lone Ranger / Carlton Livingston – A Message To You Rudy (05:53)
4. Liquid Liquid – Cavern (05:24)
5. El Michels Affair – C.R.E.A.M (02:56)
6. The Martinis – Hung Over (02:09)
7. Roberto Roena – Que Se Sepa (03:16)
8. Louie Ramírez – Ali Baba (04:18)
9. Gente De Zona – Homenaje Al Beny Moré (Castellano Que Bueno Baila Usted) (04:02)
10. Quantic & His Combo Barbaro – Mi Swing Es Tropical (feat. Nickodemus, Tempo & The Candela All-Stars) (03:58)
11. Rebirth Brass Band – Bustin’ Loose (03:57)
12. Hot 8 Brass Band – Sexual Healing (05:01)
13. Gary Clark Jr. – When My Train Pulls In (Live In Austin) (07:15)
14. Ronnie Hudson and the Street People – West Coast Poplock (05:31)
15. Perico Hernandez – Oye Como Va (Live At El Jefe) (04:08)
16. Perico Hernandez – La Quimbumbia (Live At El Jefe) (06:07)
17. Lyle Workman – One Second Every Day (02:22)