A sublime late 60s document of the earlier Italian film themes of Piero Piccioni – all served up here as jazzy instrumentals that take us back to the freshness he brought to Italian soundtracks at the start of the decade! Many of these numbers have a brash Rome jazz sort of vibe – that new sense of small combo energy that was really taking place in the city once things were getting back in shape during the postwar years – music that's got the soulful currents of American hardbop from the 50s, but lots more fresh and lyrical elements over the top – new ways of using flute, tenor, trumpet, organ, and vibes – and a fair bit of inspiration in the rhythms from Brazil and Cuba too. Make no mistake, there's definitely some soundtrack qualities to the music – but more in a Henry Mancini or Lalo Schifrin
jazz side of the spectrum. This first volume features selections composed for the films Le Mani Sulla Citta, Chi Lavora E Perduto, Nude Calde E Pure, and Il Terrorista – with titles that include "Waltz Of You", "Flash Back Promenade", "Night Prowl", "Jazz Lover", "Port Royal Blues", "Polvere Fumo", "Eagle", "Gorgon Blues", and "Fast West End".
(Limited edition of 300 copies!)