Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Book Excerpt of the Day

Coffy, the lively vigilante picture starring blaxploitation queen Pam Grier, features an outstanding Latin jazz-funk score by vibraphonist Roy Ayers. Tracks like “Coffy is the Color,” “Priscilla’s Groove” and “Aragon” percolate with irrepressible rhythms, dynamic keyboard figures and a relentless groove. One would be hard pressed to name a more high-energy blaxploitation score. “King George,” with its lowdown funk and two-channel “dialogue” celebrating a certain pimp’s powers of persuasion, may be the coolest mack daddy theme ever. There is even a bit of psychedelia mixed in (“End of Sugarman”).

– from Chapter 1: Crime Jazz and Felonious Funk of Kristopher Spencer’s Film and Television Scores, 1950-1979

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