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Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story

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1. Getting Naked
Giancarlo Vulcano
1:17 $0.99
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2. Hazel and Scott
Giancarlo Vulcano
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3. Atlantic City
Giancarlo Vulcano
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4. Brick City
Giancarlo Vulcano
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5. Schleppin'
Giancarlo Vulcano
0:49 $0.99
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6. The New Jersey Bump
Jesse Gelber
1:02 $0.99
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7. The New York Grind
Jesse Gelber
2:02 $0.99
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8. A Burlesque Story
Giancarlo Vulcano
1:06 $0.99
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9. Balloon Rhapsody
Billy Lester
1:21 $0.99
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10. Darlinda Just Darlinda
Giancarlo Vulcano
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11. If I Should Live so Long
Jesse Gelber
4:14 $0.99
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12. Glitter Fantasy
Giancarlo Vulcano
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13. Gal Afterhours
Giancarlo Vulcano
0:39 $0.99
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14. Alien Sex Robot
Jack Grabow
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15. Southern Gal
Giancarlo Vulcano
1:21 $0.99
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16. Serenade for Losers
Giancarlo Vulcano
1:15 $0.99
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17. End of the Night
Giancarlo Vulcano
1:13 $0.99
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18. The First Wave
Giancarlo Vulcano
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19. Rehearsal
Giancarlo Vulcano
0:34 $0.99
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20. Gal in the City
Giancarlo Vulcano
2:10 $0.99
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21. Vegas Dreams
Giancarlo Vulcano
0:57 $0.99
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22. Long Night
Giancarlo Vulcano
0:57 $0.99
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23. Ass Shakin'
Giancarlo Vulcano
2:03 $0.99
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24. Going Home
Giancarlo Vulcano
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
One of the greatest accomplishments of Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story is the musical score by Giancarlo Vulcano. I can’t think of a better way to describe it other than how Giancarlo described it himself upon hearing the final mixes: “Man, it sounds like we unearthed something from the 1940s!” He was on point. In working together closely for almost two years, we unwittingly buried an aesthetic, excavated it, then re-discovered it as our concept of Burlesque: a strange and beautiful relic that could be dusted off for any generation, but one that will always retain the musty scent of eras past.

Giancarlo Vulcano and I met at Sarah Lawrence College, where we both studied music. I was trying to follow in the footsteps of my father, the great jazz pianist Billy Lester. Giancarlo was a talented guitar player who was also playing improvised music. After graduating, I would go on to play and teach piano for a few years before ditching the idea to try my hand at filmmaking, a medium I had always been in love with and had studied in high school. Giancarlo would become a professional guitarist, bandleader and composer.

Over the years, Giancarlo and I – both born and bred New Yorkers – would occasionally cross paths. I would see him play at small venues or bars in Brooklyn and I loved his laid-back, humorous and truly musical approach. But we were never close friends and we never worked together. As I gradually gained a foothold in the film and TV industry as an editor and independent director (very independent), I was lucky to work under some great people who not only helped keep me afloat, but who inadvertently kept me connected to Giancarlo. He was also working with some of these people and I was excited to see my old acquaintance credited on great television shows like 30 Rock. I hoped someday I would get to where he was, and that we would get the chance to do a project of our own.

That hope turned into a reality when I finally got a small bit of funding for my labor-of-love feature documentary, Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story. My gut told me Giancarlo was the only composer in the world to do it.

As my small team edited the movie, Giancarlo worked tirelessly – yet effortlessly! – building the score. He’d compose for each character while retaining an over-arching theme throughout. It was a messy yet inspiring process. Sometimes one character’s theme would end up becoming the theme for another. Some cues would evolve from outliers to inventive bridges that helped shape the story. And ultimately, Giancarlo’s main theme – a wistful waltz – blossomed into variations that joyously speckle the entire film.

Getting Naked is a music-driven documentary because every burlesque performance or montage of performances must have musical accompaniment. Giancarlo did whatever it took to make music for every need. At one point, he put down his pen, picked up his electric guitar, and descended into a basement with a trio where he recorded some mind-blowing rock tunes – from blues, to rock-a-billy, to grunge. He also became a curator, finding additional musicians and composers to fill in some of the blanks. In fact, he pressed for my father to be one of the musicians, and indeed Billy Lester ended up recording one of the most enchanting pieces of music in the film, a piano improvisation to accompany a centerpiece performance by the great Julie Atlas Muz. Giancarlo’s associate, Jack Grabow, composed another triumph of additional music, an ingenious electronic instrumental that expresses the climax of the main subject’s personal and artistic journey. To keep us honest, our good friend Jesse Gelber composed and performed three stellar tracks with his traditional jazz band, The Rounders, delivering the old “bumps and grind” feel of classic burlesque.

Despite the massive amount of work, neither he nor I became frustrated. We allowed the music to deepen and naturally congeal with all the elements of the film, ultimately becoming the ruins we would later “unearth” in our conceptual archaeological dig.

But personally, the most magical outcome of the project has been my new friendship and artistic bond formed with an old college acquaintance. I’m proud to now call Giancarlo Vulcano my great friend. He is an artist whose humanity and spirit not only shaped my movie, but has also shaped my view of life.

I am pleased to present the soundtrack to Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story.

- James Lester

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