The jury remains very much out on “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Reviewers have come away from Martin Scorsese’s latest uncertain whether the famed director is celebrating or satirizing the personal and professional excesses of the title character, ably portrayed by Leonardo Di Caprio. “Greed is great” is the Wolf’s motto because it enables one to indulge in heavy doses of sex, drugs and fun in the sun.
Among his many other attributes, Scorsese is an acknowledged master of incorporating music into his films. (“Goodfellas,” to which “The Wolf of Wall Street” is most often compared, serves as the prime example.) What distinguishes the new film’s soundtrack is the heavy use of jazz and blues; indeed, you’d probably have to go back to “New York, New York” (and who in their right mind wants to do that?) to find so much vintage, vibrant music in a Scorsese production.
Here’s a list of the great jazz and blues tunes that you’ll hear in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
“Dust My Broom" - Elmore James
"Dust My Blues" - Elmore James
"Spoonful" - Howlin' Wolf
"Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" - Cannonball Adderley
"Tear It Down" - Clyde McCoy
"Surrey with the Fringe on Top" - Ahmad Jamal Trio
"Road Runner" - Bo Diddley
"Smokestack Lightning" - Howlin' Wolf
"Cloudburst" - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
"There Is No Greater Love" - Ahmad Jamal Trio
"Boom Boom" - John Lee Hooker
"C'est Si Bon" - Eartha Kitt
"Moonlight in Vermont" - Ahmad Jamal Trio
"Pretty Thing" - Bo Diddley
"Goldfinger" - Sharon Jones & The DAP-Kings
"Hey Leroy, Your Mama's Callin' You" - Jimmy Castor
"I Need You Baby (Mona)" - Bo Diddley
"Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting" - Charles Mingus
"Cast Your Fate to the Wind" - Allen Touissant
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