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 Posted:   Feb 11, 2019 - 5:19 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

In honor of Lalo Schifrin getting an oscar I'm going to list my 10 favorite Schifrin albums, one at a time. The amazing thing is that another Schifrin aficionado would look at my list and wonder why I left off his/her ten favorite albums. Lalo is amazing. In no particular order I start with the album that put Schifrin on the map in the United States: Dizzy Gillespie's Gillespiana (Verve). So, Schifrin is in his mid-twenties, leading a big band in Buenos Aires in 1956 when Dizzy Gillespie comes to Argentina and hears the band. He asks who wrote the carts. He invites Schifrin to the U.S. Four years later, Gillespie debuts his new piano player and arranger. Schifrin composes and arranges a fully-formed masterpiece of big band writing for Gillespie: the five-part suite Gillespiana, which each movement representing some aspect of Gillespie's musical life, from be-bop to blues to afro-cuban. There is no sense of getting your feet wet about this work. Schifrin dove in, writing for Gillespie's working quintet, plus 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, three French Horns, a tuba, and three latin percussionists: NO WOODWINDS. The writing and all of the solos are brilliant. Gillespie liked it so much he performed it at Carnegie Hall and played it live with just the quintet in Europe (Malaco Records). Schifrin performed it live and recorded it for Aleph Records in the mid-nineties, featuring Jon Faddis on trumpet. While the Aleph and Malaco recordings are excellent, the original on Verve is the one to get.

#1 Dizzy Gillespie: Gillespiana (Verve)

 Posted:   Feb 11, 2019 - 9:22 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)


Paragraphs, dammitt!
Have a nice day smile

Long live Lalo!

 Posted:   Feb 12, 2019 - 1:55 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

I find that some of Lalo's purely jazz-based records can be either hit or miss. But Gillespiana is - as you say - one of his best.

The Verve recording sounds great, easily beating the more recent 'live in Cologne' version. (I find that, sometimes, the WDR Big Band are playing as if they're just going through the motions while they wait for payment of next months salary...)

 Posted:   Feb 13, 2019 - 4:42 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

I'm looking forward to following this thread. I hope Kelly's Heroes is on it, but have found down the years that my admiration for this score isn't necessarily shared by too many people.

 Posted:   Feb 14, 2019 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

My second title for Schifrin Top Ten is Che! Nine years after Gillespiana, after recording and arranging a large number of jazz albums and film scores, Schifrin writes the music for one of the most negatively-reviewed films of the decade in 1969.

Tetragrammaton released the 12-cut soundtrack lp, which largely featured Cuban and Bolivian inspired pieces that may have been source cues. Where is the dramatic music? Was there any? Have any of you seen this?

In addition to the excellence of the source cues are two versions of the main theme, one for solo guitar and the main title. Schifrin built his film career on his rare ability to compose memorable themes. Like Mancini and Barry, Schifrin could really nail a picture with the right theme. The theme to Che! is my favorite, even over Mission: Impossible, Mannix, The Fox, Bullitt, and so on. Two minutes-plus of pure haunting magic, a dirge driven by a chorus of flutes. When the flutes hit that first high note of the bridge . . . well, it gets me every time. Another piece on the album is quite beautiful--"Recuerdos."

When Schifrin released Che! on his own label he cut two tracks from the lp and added several newly-recorded pieces in the same style. I'll take the lp.

1) Dizzy Gillespie: Gillespiana (Verve)
2) Che! (Tetragrammaton lp/Aleph cd)

 Posted:   Feb 15, 2019 - 6:13 AM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

Ape Shuffle.

Onyabirri must be on holidays.

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