Ennio Morricone

Psichedelico Jazzistico

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The idea behind this compilation was to concentrate "on Ennio Morricone's magical and ambitious mod psychedelic period of the late sixties and early seventies," according to the back cover note. Toward that end, this gathers 15 cuts from seven different Morricone soundtracks, all but two of the selections dating from 1969-1971 (the others are from 1977). It's not as weird, however, as the title might indicate, and certainly not much of this is "psychedelic jazz." It's a varied assortment of pieces, quite a few of them falling into the more laid-back, subdued section of Morricone's canon, sometimes even treading upon a lush easy listening backdrop. It being Morricone, those easy listening-type portions are more interesting and atmospheric than much such soundtrack work, but they're far from the excellence of his best material, from either this period or other eras. Certainly there's not too much of the scorching weirdness of many of his more outstanding tracks, and no specific echoes of his spaghetti Western era, except for "Indazine Su un Cittadino Al di Sopra di Ozni Sospetto." "Corsa Sui Tetti" (aka "Black Glove Underground, Pt. 1") gets pretty out there, though, the dissonant free jazz-ish rumblings and tolling bells tumbling with sexually ecstatic female sighs. Some of the other better pieces include "4 Mosche di Velluto Grigio," with its alternation of soul-rock and ghostly, circus-like ambience; the mod organ go-go of "Alla Luce del Giorno"; and the film noir-ish jazz of "Studio di Colore." It's a worthwhile collection, but it's for someone who wants to delve deep into Morricone's discography; for the less curious, there are better anthologies and stand-alone soundtracks of the composer's work.

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