Crime Jazz Month: Roy Budd (The Stone Killer)

Roy Budd scored a ton of crime film classics (Diamonds, Fear Is The Key, Get Carter), the most of obscure of which is The Stone Killer starring Charles Bronson as a cop with questionable ethics who becomes embroiled in a 40 year long internecine Mob feud. It is lesser known than Bronson’s other two early 70s classics — The Mechanic and Death Wish — but equally as good. It also contains one of my all-time favorite pieces of stone-cold dialogue:

Cop: “What hit him?!” Bronson: “A complete state of death.”

For the score, Budd hits a mellow bossa groove that almost underscores Bronson’s viciousness.  It’s hip, swinging, entirely of its era.

2 responses to “Crime Jazz Month: Roy Budd (The Stone Killer)

  1. Have you heard Terje Rypdal’s new ECM release, Crime Scene? It’s a cool electric jazz album with snippets of dialogue from classic crime films woven in. Fun stuff!

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