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Cleopatra Jones

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Cleopatra Jones is another in a long line of blaxploitation soundtracks, this time with cues done by legendary bop trombonist J.J. Johnson. It's what you'd expect in a blaxploitation soundtrack: the requisite funky bass, wah-wah guitars, brassy horns, and sweeping strings. Given Johnson's background, one gets the feeling this is little more than a competently done genre exercise. But it is well done, and enjoyable on its own terms. It's just that it never reaches a level where the music transcends the film, the way Superfly and Shaft did. As such, it's probably best for devoted fans of the genre.

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