Set to open the New York film festival [29/07/19 update]. The Martin Scorsese directed big-budget hitman movie The Irishman is the first from the Raging Bull icon in a while. The pithy trailer has been around quite a few months. The tasty lead-off track from Sinematic has been on constant rotation in these parts for a few days since it appeared only last week and sets the bar high in terms of expectation in terms of the music on the film.

Look at the personnel on the listing tacked on to the YouTube track. Chris Dave is on drums, and bass star Pino Palladino (last heard enjoyably with José James)... well as reliable as ever, among the musicians. The “ooo ooo” backing vocals add a little length to the metre, and Van Morrison sounds very measured and, as the song progresses, lit up (“I got caught up in this wicked world,” that high line stretching up into a harsh blue note especially a beaut). 

Dig out The Last Waltz also if you have more time for full immersion and a trip to concert-music/documentary movie dreamland. That joins the dots appropriately. Robbie Robertson is effortlessly conversational, necessarily menacing and expressive as interlocutor. Blistering guitar break-out towards the tail end note too. It all falls into place. SG.