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 Posted:   Apr 18, 2020 - 2:35 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

I'm exploring the late 1960s into the 1970s funk sound in film scores. Composers who excelled at it include:

Roy Budd
Dave Grusin
Quincy Jones
Lalo Schifrin

It's certainly something that the jazz-based composers did well. Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, and John Williams showed they could get funky when needed.

There are also, of course, the many blaxploitation films of the early 1970s (which includes not only the Shafts, Super Flys, and the Cleopatra Jones', but James Bond's Live and Let Die as well.)

So I'm thinking of scores like Magnum Force, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, the "groovy" parts of Cinderella Liberty, Enter the Dragon, The Stone Killer, etc. But I know there's a lot more out there (TV movies and themes too.)

(Not sure if I want to venture out to composers like Piccioni and Morricone; I'd rather stay close to the American jazz/funk sound.)

I'm having a hard time trying to articulate the type of film music I'm looking for, but if anyone can think of any other composers of this era who "got groovy" in their film score - much appreciated!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2020 - 3:34 PM   
 By:   TheIrishman   (Member)




Charles Bernstein: That Man Bolt (1973)
David Arnold: Shaft (though it is not late 60ies/early 70ies)
and of course Pat Williams

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2020 - 3:38 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Oh yes - Charles Bernstein. Thank you.

Two others are Jerry Fielding and Michael Small.

As great as David Arnold is, I want to stick with film scores of the 1960s-1970s era.

Patrick Williams. I'm not familiar with any "groovy" stuff by him, but that just means I need to explore more of his output.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2020 - 3:38 PM   
 By:   Steven Lloyd   (Member)

You should try Galt MacDermot's COTTON COMES TO HARLEM (1970), as well as the same composer's Broadway musical Hair. (With the latter I'm recommending the 1968 original-cast album, not the 1979 film-version soundtrack.)

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2020 - 3:41 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

You should try Galt MacDermot's COTTON COMES TO HARLEM (1970), as well as the same composer's Broadway musical Hair. (With the latter I'm recommending the 1968 original-cast album, not the 1979 film-version soundtrack.)

True. I forget that MacDermot did some film work. Amusingly, my favorite stage work of his is not his funky stuff like Hair and Two Gentlemen of Verona, but his 1980s Americana score for The Human Comedy.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2020 - 3:58 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Korngold.

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2020 - 4:22 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Korngold.

Yes! Loved it when Maid Marion twerked to the beat!

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2020 - 5:17 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Herbie Hancock's Death Wish



And you'd be doing yourself a great disservice by ignoring the Italians, who in my opinion improved on the American formula (especially Micalizzi, Cipriani and Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera).

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2020 - 5:23 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

And you'd be doing yourself a great disservice by ignoring the Italians, who in my opinion improved on the American formula (especially Micalizzi, Cipriani and Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera).

That's the second time Cipriani's name has been brought to my attention during this weekend Search For Funk of mine. I need to try to hear his work.

I should note that Piccioni's 10th Victim music I first heard earlier this month was probably the catalyst for this thread.

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2020 - 5:24 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Henry Mancini knew how to "Get It On"




and let us know "What's Happenin'!"

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2020 - 5:27 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Oh hell yes - the "What's Happenin'" theme! I forgot how funky Mancini could get. I tend to think of him as being more smooth in the area of jazz.

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2020 - 6:35 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

"Kifka Car Caper" from Quincy Jones' The Split is one of the coolest film tracks ever written.

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2020 - 6:45 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

And you'd be doing yourself a great disservice by ignoring the Italians, who in my opinion improved on the American formula (especially Micalizzi, Cipriani and Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera).

That's the second time Cipriani's name has been brought to my attention during this weekend Search For Funk of mine. I need to try to hear his work.

I should note that Piccioni's 10th Victim music I first heard earlier this month was probably the catalyst for this thread.



Some appetizers:









 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2020 - 7:58 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)


(Not sure if I want to venture out to composers like Piccioni and Morricone; I'd rather stay close to the American jazz/funk sound.)


Ottza Motta You?

https://youtu.be/2LGbJu-ambk

colpo rovente

https://youtu.be/0SuvLl1heFE

Puppet on a Chain'll turn ya into a Bill Carson.

Don't forget Stanley Myers Sitting Target and Dominic Frontiere Hammersmith is Out.

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2020 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Some appetizers

I appreciate the Italian funk samples, Josh. Some excellent fat and sweet stuff there!

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2020 - 1:21 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Don't forget Stanley Myers Sitting Target and Dominic Frontiere Hammersmith is Out.

I had forgotten about Frontiere, and I haven't heard enough Myers to associate him with groovy sounds. All I think of for him is the "Cavatina" in The Deer Hunter which was actually first used in a previous movie. (The Walking Stick, I think.)

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2020 - 3:04 PM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

"Kifka Car Caper" from Quincy Jones' The Split is one of the coolest film tracks ever written.

Seconded!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2020 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

The first thing that comes to mind it the theme from "S.W.A.T." by Barry De Vorzon:

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2020 - 3:52 PM   
 By:   HAL 2000   (Member)

He wasn't a film composer but he did score a handful of films but Isaac Hayes wrote one of the funkiest scores ever for Shaft.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2020 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

The theme tune to The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 by David Shire is the first track that comes to mind. Immense.

 
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