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The Baton: A John Williams Musical Journey

Jeff Commings

Take a chronological journey through the 60-year career of film composer John Williams!

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The fifth Indiana Jones movie brought 79-year-old Harrison Ford back into the old fedora for another adventure involving a precious artifact that could spell doom if put into the wrong hands. Along for the ride was 91-year-old John Williams, who comp... more

9 months ago

Looking for something to pass the time as you wait for episode 113 of The Baton? Since the next John Williams film score won't be released until summer 2023, there won't be a new episode of The Baton until then. But host Jeff Commings has another pod... more

a year ago

Host Jeff Commings is back on The Baton to discuss what might be the final film collaboration between director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams. The Fabelmans is Spielberg's semiautobiographical film about his family and the beginnings of ... more

a year ago

This is the final episode of "The Baton: A John Williams Musical Journey," and host Jeff Commings has invited one of the premier analysts of John Williams' music to talk about his extensive catalog for the "Star Wars" and Indiana Jones films. Frank L... more

3 years ago


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4.8 out of 5 stars from 142 ratings
  • An episodic history and celebration of John Williams’ career

    John Williams’ music for film is always a narrative journey in its own right, and this excellent podcast details the composer’s own development via detailing every single film project he’s ever scored. Host Jeff Commings is full of observations, biographical, historical and production data plus joy and appreciation of the maestro’s work, and always with an eye for a good anecdote. Hugely enjoyable.

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    United States9 months ago
  • The Baton

    Jeff has created the quintessential John Williams podcast. This podcast is detailed and thoughtful. Jeff takes us through all of John Williams musical writing as a young man in television and film. John Williams made an impression on many people all over the world throughout the years and if you thought you were a fan, you might learn a thing or two through this podcast. Jeff is a honest dealer with his openness about his musical training. And Jeff is honestly a little too hard on himself, he is... more

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    United States10 months ago
  • Captivating (not enough music tho)

    This is such fun to listen to. My only critique is that there’s too much talking and not enough listening to and discussing actual John Williams tracks. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • Great podcast!

    I really enjoy this podcast! I’ve been gradually making my way through allllll the episodes (currently in the mid-1990’s!) and it’s been so interesting to hear every single one of John Williams’ scores, and to get a sense of his absolutely epic journey in music (and his inspiringly consistent professionalism). I’m a full-time musician / arranger / composer myself and I also enjoy Jeff’s perspective, as he may not be formally trained in music but he pays very close attention and is a huge music f... more

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    Jeremy Kittel
    United Statesa year ago
  • Wonderful!

    For any music lover, this is a spectacular glimpse into the work of a musical wizard! The host is awesome, and so are the guests!

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    Norway3 years ago

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