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Roy Budd (1947-1993) was a British jazz and film composer, pianist, and arranger. He is best known for his work as a film composer, particularly for his scores in the 1970s and early 1980s. Budd started playing the piano at a young age and showed exceptional talent, becoming a professional musician by the age of 16.

One of Roy Budd's most notable achievements was his score for the 1971 crime film "Get Carter," starring Michael Caine. The soundtrack, featuring a combination of jazz, funk, and orchestral elements, is widely regarded as a classic in the genre. The main theme from "Get Carter" is particularly iconic and has been widely sampled and referenced in popular culture.

Budd worked on numerous other film scores throughout his career, including "Soldier Blue" (1970), "The Marseille Contract" (1974), and "The Wild Geese" (1978). He was also a skilled jazz pianist and performed with various jazz bands and musicians.

Sadly, Roy Budd's life and career were cut short when he passed away from a brain hemorrhage in 1993 at the age of 46. However, his musical legacy continues to be celebrated, and his contributions to film music are highly regarded by fans and critics alike.

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Album Review

Roy Budd: Get Carter

Read "Get Carter" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

A classic movie needs a classic soundtrack, and composer and pianist Roy Budd delivered that with his music for Mike Hodges' iconic crime movie, Get Carter (1971). Without the opportunity of working with a grand orchestra, he made the most out of a low budget and tailored the sounds to the raw realism of the movie. The ethos of Get Carter was based on minimalism and it's perhaps surprising how little incidental music there is in a ...

Album Review

Roy Budd: Blue Budd

Read "Blue Budd" reviewed by Nic Jones

If Roy Budd has any kind of reputation at all outside of British shores, it could well be down to the fact that he provided the soundtrack for the seminal British gangster movie Get Carter. At the time he was the pianist/leader in a trio with bassist Jeff Clyne and drummer Chris Karan; the latter appears on the music collected here.

The programme, recorded between 1967 and 1970, consists of Budd leading small groups backed by strings arranged by Tony ...

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TV / Film

Roy Budd: Brit Movie Soundtracks

Roy Budd: Brit Movie Soundtracks

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

In the 1970s, London had a second Swinging decade. While most everyone is familiar with the music-fueled pop fashion scene of the first Swinging London of the 1960s, those outside of the U.K. are probably scratching their heads when I refer to Swinging London Part 2. Instead of a music takeover, this one was by the British film industry. Buoyed by the success of James Bond, the film industry in Britain went into overdrive turning out dozens of movies about ...


Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Get Carter

Cherry Red Records


Mama Dracula

Verve Records


Blue Budd

El Records



Verve Records


Get Budd - The...

Verve Records




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