Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Sounds of Italian Cinematic Groove (MP3 Series) - Part 2: Armando Trovajoli

Fans of Euro-trash cinema have celebrated the work of Armando Trovajoli for decades. He's got a very funky signature sound and a broad range. Like most jack-of-all-trades Italian composers, Trovajoli's scored spaghetti westerns (I Lunghi Giorni Della Verdetta (which was sampled in Kill Bill Vol. 1)), cop films (Blazing Magnum) and skin flicks. His sound was best realized with I Marc 4, his Hammond/jazz-beat band. I Marc 4, playing (almost solely) compositions by Trovajoli, highlighted his worldly sound - Italo-bossa nova slithering around bass heavy grooves - and took his music from the screen to the stage.

"Il Profeta" is the title theme for the 1968 film of the same name. The movie's a thick slice of sex comedy by the prolific Dino Risi and starring Ann-Margret. This is one of Trovajoli's grooviest beat tracks. Two and a half minutes of heaven... Get it here.

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