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Lalo Schifrin: Bullitt: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Here is a treat for jazz fans, cinephiles and audiophiles. A 180-gram vinyl remastered-edition, manufactured with analogue-only technology, of Lalo Schifrin's original soundtrack for Peter Yates's 1968 thriller Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen as a jazz-loving San Francisco police detective. Schifrin began his career as a jazz pianist in his native Argentina and continued as one when he moved to New York to join Dizzy Gillespie's quintet in 1960. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1963 and was soon composing and ...

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Best Reissues of 2004

Read "Best Reissues of 2004" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Keeping with tradition, over the past few years this column has turned its attention to some of the best reissues of the past twelve months, looking carefully for any albums that might have been profiled here and subsequently made it to compact disc. Not surprisingly, the vault material still available for mining becomes increasingly less and less each year. Still, many fine reissues made their debut and the Japanese market remained a major source of inspiration. So while jazz ukulele ...

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Lalo Schifrin: Return of the Marquis de Sade

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Return of the Marquis de Sade (Aleph)

After a number of big-band albums, most notably in the well-received “Jazz Meets the Symphony" series, composer / arranger / pianist Lalo Schifrin returns to a small(er)-group format for (most of) Return of the Marquis de Sade, an atmospheric sequel to his tongue-in-cheek album of more than three decades ago, The Dissection and Reconstruction of Music from the Past as Performed by the Inmates of Lalo Schifrin's Demented Ensemble as a Tribute to ...

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Lalo Schifrin: Jazz Goes to Hollywood

Read "Jazz Goes to Hollywood" reviewed by Jack Bowers

First, a round of applause to Lalo Schifrin for having introduced Jazz into so many of his film scores over the years. A number of his charming and well–crafted soundtrack themes have become best–selling hits for such Jazz artists as Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery and George Benson, which is a remarkable phenomenon in light of the fact that music written for films seldom translates well to other media. On Jazz Goes to Hollywood, the composer has enlisted the services of ...

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Lalo Schifrin: Esperanto

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Composer / conductor Lalo Schifrin has chosen an interesting name for this ambitious work — a concerto grosso in six movements for big band and soloists — using Ludwig Zamenhof’s Esperanto as a metaphor from which to advance his belief that there is indeed a universal language, but that language is music, not esperanto or any other man–made tongue. If any proof of that were needed, Schifrin produces it in abundance with a series of remarkably colorful and readily accessible ...

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Lalo Schifrin: Mannix

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Here is the music that has - until now - been something like the Holy Grail in Lalo Schifrin's catalog. The original 1969 Paramount LP is one of the composer's best and most dynamic collections of sounds. But it's proven to be too expensive or too impossible for fans to locate. Even the composer himself has spent the last year or so attempting to get the Paramount LP released on CD. But after ongoing frustrations, he opted to record the ...

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Lalo Schifrin: Latin Jazz Suite

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Lalo Schifrin's Latin Jazz Suite is a masterful celebration of the diverse and colorful sounds and feelings that Latin forms add to the jazz vocabulary. It is also a reflection of the composer's successful contributions to the Latin musical language over the last four decades.This enthralling, consistently engaging six-piece suite - recorded live over two nights of its June 1999 premiere in Cologne, Germany -- most recalls Schifrin's historic Gillespiana suite. But Latin Jazz Suite is a milestone ...

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Lalo Schifrin: Jazz Mass In Concert

Read "Jazz Mass In Concert" reviewed by Douglas Payne

Composer Lalo Schifrin revisits the brilliant Grammy winning jazz mass he composed for Paul Horn in 1964. Paul Horn's 1964 study, Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts (RCA) was a meditative reflection on Schifrin's intentionally liturgical themes. But Schifrin's production, recorded live three and a half decades later, is quite a bit more energetic -- ascending more toward what John Coltrane's music achieved. This is primarily due to the multi-varied and accomplished reedwork of former Coltrane disciple Tom ...

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Lalo Schifrin: Metamorphosis -- Jazz Meets the Symphony, Vol. 4

Read "Metamorphosis -- Jazz Meets the Symphony, Vol. 4" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The fourth in pianist Lalo Schifrin’s series of “classical/Jazz” encounters is perhaps the most rewarding to date, thanks in large measure to Lalo’s unflagging imagination, his superb compositions and arrangements, and the inspiriting presence of several renowned guest artists including bassist Ray Brown, drummer Jeff Hamilton, Australian trumpet master James Morrison, conga drummer Francisco Aguabella and violinist/guitarist Markus Weinstroer. Together with the London Symphony Orchestra, they have fashioned a recording that is at once regal and venturesome. Its showpiece is ...

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Lalo Schifrin / WDR Big Band: Gillespiana

Read "Gillespiana" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Those who know Lalo Shifrin only from film scores and studio work may be surprised to learn that he once played piano in Dizzy Gillespie’s quintet. In 1960, Gillespie introduced Schifrin’s “Gillespiana,” a five–movement sound–portrait of Dizzy’s life and music that was completed only a few days after Gillespie asked him, “When are you going to write something for us?” To say that Schifrin took the suggestion to heart would be an understatement. “Gillespiana” is a major work by any ...

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Lalo Schifrin: Metamorphosis: Jazz Meets The Symphony #4

Read "Metamorphosis: Jazz Meets The Symphony #4" reviewed by Douglas Payne

Composer/pianist Lalo Schifrin endures as an interesting film music composer for, among other things, his ability to enhance or create effective moods. For this, the fourth in his “jazz meets the symphony" series, Schifrin concocts perhaps his most moody affair yet and, perhaps, the nicest of the bunch since the second set on Atlantic (1993). Again fronting the London Symphony Orchestra, Schifrin reunites on this 1998 recording with trumpeter James Morrison and bassist Ray Brown and adds drummer Jeff Hamilton, ...

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Lalo Schifrin: Gillespiana

Read "Gillespiana" reviewed by Douglas Payne

A true joy, Gillespiana revisits the classic five-part jazz suite Lalo Schifrin created for trumpet legend Dizzy Gillespie in 1960. It is a brilliant, consistently inventive work that has lost none of its appeal or sheen over nearly four decades worth of time. Surprisingly, Gillespiana has not been recorded since its initial debut in 1960 until now – although Gillespie often performed the work throughout his career and Schifrin presented a 35th anniversary version at New York City's Lincoln Center ...


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