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.