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✨✧ Edwin Astley/Tony CrombieInternational Detective/Man From Interpol ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of cool British TV soundtracks – both of which feature an action jazz style to rival the best early work of Henry Mancini for the television screen! First up is lost spy soundtrack work from the British composer Edwin Astley – best known for his work on The Saint and Danger Man, but also sounding pretty darn great on the earlier program International Detective! The feel here is similar to some of Astley's better-known work – a more dramatic take on the crime jazz used on American TV in the late 50s – one that retains much of the instrumental elements of the sound, especially the well-placed use of saxes – but which also uses larger orchestrations to flesh out the music nicely, creating a stronger, more cinematic feel. The set features a total of 21 tracks from this short-lived show – and titles include "International Detective", "Murder Strip", "Theme For Larceny", "Night Patrol", "The Badge", "Manhunt", "Shock Tactics", "Murder Chase", and "Concerto In Law". Next is Man From Interpol – one of the best spy soundtracks we've ever heard – and one of the only scores we've ever seen from Brit jazz drummer Tony Crombie! The work was done a few years before Barry's famous Bond scores – but it's got a very similar feel, with lots of driving themes that make the best use of brazen horns, fast jazz, and beat-styled rhythms that crackle throughout the set. Most titles are pretty short, but really great – and nearly all of them feature some extremely strong jazz musicianship, in the manner of that used on the best American soundtracks by Mancini at the time! Titles include "Panic Station", "Interpol Cha Cha Cha", "Interpol Chase", "Samba De Janeiro", and "Blues Macabre". CD

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John BarryJohn Barry Plays 007 & Other 60s Themes For Film & Television ... CD
El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
An excellent collection of work from the great John Barry – one that focuses on his famous contributions for the James Bond films – but also includes other soundtrack and instrumental material as well! The set begins with the John Barry Plays 007 record – a brilliant album that not only features some instrumental soundtrack themes, but also includes some great mod Barry instrumentals from the 60s – kind of a nice link to his sophisticated film music, and some of his smaller combo work! Titles include "Kinky", "Fancy Dance", "007", "From Russia With Love", "Big Shield", "Aliki", "Monkey Feathers", and "The London Theme". Next are two tracks from Elizabeth Taylor In London – "Lovers & Browning", with a recitation by Taylor – plus the jazzy instrumental "The London Waltz". Next are two tracks from Zulu – a colonial period film that starred Michael Caine – followed by 15 more groovy instrumentals that include "Tit Willow Twist", "Hit & Miss", "Easy Beat", "Beat Girl", "The Lolly Theme", "Spinnerree", "Roman Spring Of Mrs Stone", "The Sun's Hooray", and "Saturday's Child". CD

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✨✧ Bob BeldenThree Days Of Rain – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Sunnyside, 2005. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked jazz soundtrack from Bob Belden – with work from Joe Lovano on tenor, Scott Wendholt on trumpet, and Marc Copland and Jason Moran on piano! (Jazz, Soundtracks) CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Roy BuddStone Killer (2 x 7 inch set) ... 7-inch
Pye/Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1973. New Copy 2 x 7 inch set (pic cover, reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A special double 7" package of one of the darkest Roy Budd scores ever – designed to accompany a brutal police film starring Charles Bronson! The main theme has a nice electronic sound that's kind of like the "Mystery Movie" theme from the 70s – then the score moves into some nicely moody regions that feature spare Fender Rhodes riffs underpinned by dark orchestral scoring! Occasional beats and jazzy rhythms move into the picture from time to time, and this 2 x 7" single set features seven cuts – "Main Title", "On The Trail", "Too Late", "Down Uptown", "Final Capture", "The Old Precinct", and "On The Move". (Funky 45's, Soundtracks) 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Joe GreeneOn Her Bed Of Roses ... LP
Mira, Late 60s. Sealed ... $7.99
Amazing score to this equally amazing film about the "girl next door" who suffers from "Psychopathia Sexualis". The score is a mixture of themes – to capture the mixture of mood swings running through the patient in the film. Some tracks are raunchy and jazzy, other tracks are fagile, fragmented, and jagged. Joe Greene did the whole thing, and although we don't know his stuff at all, our hats are off to him for this one! Track sinclude "Walk To Hell", "Rose Theme", "Melissa Glad", and "Melissa Pensive". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has a bumped corner.)

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Herbie HancockHarlem Nights (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Quartet (Spain), 1989. New Copy ... $24.99
A really wonderful jazz soundtrack by Herbie Hancock – recorded at the end of the 80s, a decade when Herbie was spending a lot of time on keyboards – but with a rock-solid older jazz vibe that really fits the vintage Harlem setting of the film! The music mixes larger arrangements with tighter piano tracks – the latter of which echo some of the hipper 30s styles of jazz from uptown, mixed with a few later elements of shading and tone – balanced out by larger charts at times conducted by Garnett Brown, who opens up Herbie's compositions in a really nice way. There's no players listed in the notes, but we assume that Hancock is on piano – and titles include "Dominique Seduces", "Snaggletooth Gambles", "Young Quick With Cigs", "Quick To Bed Quick To Rise", "Making A Deposit", and "Exploding Pitty Pat's". CD also features some bonus straight jazz tunes, mostly Duke Ellington numbers – including "It Don't Mean A Thing", "Sophisticated Lady", "Mood Indigo", and "The Gal From Joe's". CD

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Quincy JonesCinema Of Quincy Jones (6CD box set) ... CD
Universal (France), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 6CD ... $34.99
A much-needed look at an overlooked side of the genius of Quincy Jones – not his jazz work, not his productions for famous soul artists, but instead his huge legacy of soundtrack material – a part of Q's career that really took off in the 60s! By the time he started working in films, Jones had already had a decade under his belt as one of the hippest arrangers, leaders, and composers in jazz – and the film business really respected those talents, and allowed Quincy to bring some really fresh styles into play – modes that really opened up the vibe of American cinema, and also paved the way for the funky styles of the 70s! As that decade approached, Jones left behind the cinema to take on some more higher-profile records of his own – but all the charms of those great albums can be found here at their roots – in this stunning collection of soundtrack material, some of which has never been on CD. The package is way more than just a sampler – and includes an album's worth of material from the films The Pawnbroker, Slender Thread, Mirage, The Deadly Affair, In The Heat Of The Night, In Cold Blood, Walk Don't Run, The Italian Job, Lost Man, and John & Mary – plus two versions of the love theme from The Getaway, and a bonus CD with 18 tracks – titled Q's highlights, and featuring tracks from his Mercury records – plus more by Billy Preston, Arthur Prysock, Bill Cosby, Shirley Horn, Letta Mbulu, Toots Thielemans, and others. Even features the "Sanford & Son" and "Ironside" themes! CD

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✨✧ Michel LegrandLes Demoiselles De Rochefort (Young Girls of Rochefort) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $13.99
One of our favorite soundtracks ever – a jazzy swinging ode to love found and love lost – all penned by the legendary Michel Legrand! The work was composed in collaboration with director Jacques Demy for his 1966 film of the same name – and, like the previous Demy/Legrand collaboration, Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, the movie's a story in song – one that has much of the dialogue presented as sung lyrics to the tunes. The mode takes off from a Hollywood musical style, and pushes the genre into territory that's much hipper, very French, and with a soaring approach that's filled with plenty of mod 60s jazz grooves. Legrand's genius has never sparkled so brightly – and his ability to interweave different themes, stories, and grooves is simply amazing! Titles include "Chanson Des Jumelles", "Chanson De Delphine", "Nous Voyageons De Ville En Ville", "Chanson D'Andy", "La Femme Coupee En Morceaux", and "Marins Amis Amants Ou Maris". CD

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Mundell LoweBlues For A Stripper (aka Satan In High Heels) ... CD
Charlie Parker/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1961. Used ... $12.99
Great music from jazz guitarist Mundell Lowe – a set that was originally written as the soundtrack for an early 60s sexploitation film, Satin In High Heels – but which works equally well as a jazz album on its own! Lowe's in a slightly different setting than on some of his earlier records – working with larger arrangements that include a rich array of sounds and tunes from Eddie Costa on piano and vibes, Clark Terry and Joe Newman on trumpets, Al Cohn and Oliver Nelson on tenor, Jimmy Cleveland on trombone, and Phil Woods on alto sax – an all-star lineup who make the music sound way better than you might expect! Lowe's guitar gets a lot of center space in the sound – providing the right sort of slinky, crime jazz-styled elements – and titles include "Coffee Coffee", "Lake In the Woods", "Pattern Of Evil", "Blues For A Stripper", and "East Side Drive In". Nice jazzy sound, and a very sexy theme! (Jazz, Soundtracks) CD
(Out of print Fresh Sound pressing.)

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Nelson RiddleRough Cut ... CD
Quartet (Spain), 1980. New Copy ... $24.99
A sweet Nelson Riddle soundtrack for a Burt Reynolds caper film – served up with a style that updates older Riddle modes for the 80s, but with a surprising current of jazz too! The jazzier modes are emphasized by a few older Ellington tunes in the mix – amidst newer Nelson tunes that move between playful melodies, and slinkier jazz numbers – often with the kind of instrumental phrasing that really made Riddle stand out from the pack when he was an arranger for singers, and which seem to have developed here at a level that picks up some of the better Henry Mancini modes of the 60s. The horns – both woodwinds and brass – are fantastic, really superb scoring and performance for the time – and titles include "He Waits", "Osthofen", "Rough Cut", "Something For Gil", "Disco Schmisko", "Chief Inspector Cyril Willis", "Bossa At The Mansion", and "Amsterdam Or Antwerp". CD features 37 tracks in all – including some bonus alternate takes! CD
(Limited edition!)

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Sonny RollinsAlfie ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1965. Used ... $15.99
A beautiful soundtrack to the dark British comedy of the same name – starring a young Michael Caine! You might expect it to be a bit schmaltzy, but it's pure jazz all the way through, and features strong inside playing by Rollins over lively orchestrations by Oliver Nelson – filled with moody colors, great changes, and a vibrant sense of energy that's far deeper than the actual film! The group includes Phil Woods, Kenny Burrell, and J.J. Johnson, and they swing hard on all tracks. Titles include the 10 minute workout of "Alfie's Theme", plus a shorter "Differently" version" – plus "On Impulse", "Transition Theme", and "He's Younger Than You". Nice stuff throughout, and much more of a jazz album than a soundtrack! (Jazz, Soundtracks) CD
(SHMCD pressing, includes obi.)
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Alfie ... LP 19.99
Alfie (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 24.99

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Carlo RustichelliDelitto Quasi Perfetto ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1966. New Copy ... $16.99
A wealth of unreleased music from this 60s Italian film – a movie that only gave the world a 45rpm single when first in theaters – which makes this bounteous collection of songs a real lost treasure! The music may well be some of the most striking of the time from Carlo Rustichelli – often awash in odd sounds from familiar instruments – kind of with the jazz through a filter mode that Nino Rota would use for night scenes in Fellini films, or maybe in the more understated modes of early work by Piero Piccioni. Bruno Nicolai conducts, and no doubt helped the music sound even groovier – and the CD features 22 tracks in all, 20 of which are previously unreleased! CD
(Limited edition of 300!)

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Carlo SavinaGoldsnake Anonima Killers (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Digitmovies (Italy), 1966. New Copy Gatefold ... $26.99
That's Goldsnake, not Goldfinger – but the soundtrack here from Carlo Savina is very much inspired by the James Bond music of the 60s – and served up in a great range of spy, mod, and crime jazz styles! The main theme gets a vocal reading at the start, but is transformed into other groovy instrumentals throughout – and balanced with some more mod jerk and shake-styled instrumentals that are heavier on electric bass and guitar, with overall results that may well be groovier than the best work that John Barry did for 007! LP features 12 tracks in all – and is an overlooked gem from the 60s spy spoof years. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300!)

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Armando TrovajoliIl Grande Colpo Dei 7 Uomini D'Oro (orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
CAM/Dagored (Italy), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
A totally great follow-up to the first Seven Golden Men soundtrack – and one that features an equally wonderful range of jazzy and groovy modes from composer Armando Trovajoli! As before, the music is heavy on cool 60s touches – including some swinging wordless vocals from I Cantori Moderni, solo moments on organ or saxophone, and plenty of cool rhythms that seem to borrow from bossa nova – a quality that's emphasized a bit more here on a few tracks with batucada legend Lucio Perrone! Completely wonderful throughout – and with titles that include "Rossana", "Seven Golden Men", "Esquentando Os Tamborins E Cuicas", "7 Per Il Grande Colpo", "Cuica", and "Samba 1o Andamento". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – on colored vinyl!)

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Armando TrovajoliLe Dolci Signore (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Digitmovies (Italy), 1967. New Copy ... $26.99
A beautiful little soundtrack from Armando Trovajoli – the best sort that he did in the 60s, at a time when he and a few other Italian soundtrack artists were helping push things forward from straighter jazz into the sorts of groovy modes that would make their scene stand out from the rest! The tunes are often spare and slinky, with a good amount of space between the notes – but in a way that's different than Morricone, maybe warmer and sweeter, with a great approach that lets you focus on a tinkling piano part, an unusual bassline, an organ riff, or all the other great elements that go into the tunes! The set begins with the swinging "Anyone Can Play" – a nice little vocal number – then runs into a whole host of great instrumentals. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300!)

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Piero UmilianiQuando La Coppia Scoppia ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1980. New Copy ... $18.99
An early 80s soundtrack from the great Piero Umiliani – but one that seems to echo some styles from deeper in his past, including some of of the jazz elements he used in his early days – and some of the more unusual sonic textures he created for his sound library projects in the 70s! The film's a comedy, but as usual with Umiliani, the music is way more than you might expect – sometimes light and melodic, other times served up with unusual sonic elements – maybe more in the warmer side of the spectrum than the cold, but always with a knowledge of darkness at all the right points. The main theme gets some strong renditions in a few different ways – and there's also a great instrumental titled "Ultimissime", which has great Fender Rhodes – and the killer "Samba Mah Na", which uses Brazilian percussion and brassy horns to rework Umiliani's classic "Mah Na Mah Na" theme! A few tracks even get a bit funky – and the CD features 20 tracks from the film, plus notes in Italian and English. CD
 
 
 



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