With that, this score is riddled with the sound of a saxophone. There might even be credit to what Spielberg wrote: the saxophone solos do sound improvised. It seems Williams uses the saxophone in the score to parallel the main character Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio)who is an amazing imposter. Because like an imposter, his every move may sound and appear improvised, but underneath the veneer, every move (or every note) is calculated.
There are three themes in this score. The main theme here is aptly titled Catch Me If You Can, a minimalist piece that consist of vibes, xlyophones and woodwinds written in an offbeat time signature. The second is an upbeat 4/4 progressive motif with staccato strings and alto saxophone riffs that reminds me of William's own "Home Alone" scores and Howard Shore's "Mrs. Doubtfire" score. This theme is present in "The Float" and "Doctor, Lawyer, Lutheran." The third is a five minute concert piece entitled "Recollections (The Father's Theme) which showcases the saxophone and xlyophone again. A slow, haunting piece. It harkens Gabriel Yared's work for "The Talented Mr. Ripley," which is another film about an imposter.
The songs are great in this CD and it's amazing how they somehow interweave with the score which is a plus.
Overall, the score stands out from previous Williams work because it's his most daring and youthful score in my opinion, sounding like nothing he's written before. Unfortunately though, a few moments in the score sound like other composers which is another reason why I gave it four out of five stars. Thankfully, it's only in a few moments in the score. "Catch Me If You Can" proves that John Williams is a versatile film composer who still delivers the goods.