During the 1970s, Italy produced a lengthy string of police-oriented action thrillers that dominated the national box office and occasionally made it to the international film market. These films could be relied on for two things: a barrage of hard-hitting action scenes (usually featuring at least one car chase) and an engaging musical score that mixed in elements of funk and jazz with the more standardized elements of film scoring. Milano Violenta is a good example of the 1970s Italian action film score, presenting an array of jazzy instrumentals that are rhythmic and thrilling all at once. This score, composed by Italian musicians Enrico Pieranunzi and Silvano Chimenti under the group name Pulsar Music Ltd., does away with orchestral elements almost entirely (only one cut features strings) and utilizes a jazz-band musical style to deliver the suspenseful goods. Highlights in the action music department include "Blue Funk," a taut number that juxtaposes dramatic flute and organ lines against a pulsating beat driven by insistent hi-hat cymbals, and "Running," which layers all sorts of jazzy piano and guitar riffs over a throbbing beat anchored by ominous basslines. Elsewhere, "Cat Theme" layers jazzy brass over a good-time groove to create a swinging slice of lounge jazz, and "Walking at Sunrise" creates a romantic, late-night mood by highlighting a solo trumpet against a slow, meditative groove from the rhythm section. The end result is a score that will please Italian lounge music fans and anyone who appreciates the funky action scores that proliferated during the 1970s.
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AllMusic Review by Donald A. Guarisco