Various The Hurricane

This soundtrack to Norman Jewison’s film about wrongly convicted boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, unlike many others, thankfully stays true to the spirit and issues explored in the film. While straddling a large time span, the release always retains its thematic focus. Notable contributions from contemporary artists include the Roots, featuring Mos Def and Common providing a faithful narrative on “The Hurricane” and Black Star’s coaxing “Little Brother.” And Me’Shell Ndegéocello’s “Isolation” finds her shirking the bare-boned structure of her under-appreciated Bitter disc and revisiting the supple funk of her earlier material. Period blues selections from Ray Charles and Etta James are also welcome inclusions. It is the inclusion of classic tracks like Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and the original version of “Hurricane” delivered by Bob Dylan that still resonate, underlining the timeless relevance of the music and the film’s subject matter. (MCA)