Over the course of a long and illustrious career, Robert Altman managed to do pretty much every job that goes into making a movie, including writing songs for soundtracks. “Let’s Begin Again” is a song that he penned early on and used in several of his films. For Ron Mann’s upcoming documentary Altman, Rachael Yamagata and John Medeski contribute a smoky, languorous version that sounds like it was recorded at the kind of delightfully dingy basement jazz dive that these days only exist in the movies.
“It was an honor to be asked to record this classic song by Robert Altman for a documentary about his life,” Medeski emails. “Rachael really blew my mind with her performance. She’s a natural jazz singer. I hope we get to do more of this in the future.”
“Let’s Begin Again” will be released as a digital single on Dec. 2. Altman is playing on the festival circuit now, with a full theatrical release planned for 2015.