Ennio Morricone is arguably the most famous composer to ever come out of Italy’s confines. If you think of the term “spaghetti western,” I’m sure Ennio Morricone’s name appears along with it. That may be what Morricone’s famous for, spaghetti western scores, but he’s also done horror scores as well. For Gli Occhi Freddi Della Paura, he brought on Gruppo d’Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, a band which he helped found. As you’ll hear on the soundtrack (if you’ve seen the movie, I suppose you know what you’re getting), you’ll hear free form jazz combined with psychedelia. It even flirts with a noir ambiance, like on “Evaporazioni” which obviously translates to “evaporation.” Imagine if Morricone’s band manifested as a rough n’ tumble noir detective named Rex Banner who takes our beatnik friend free jazz out in to the back of the shady bar he frequents to look for perps; free jazz is a suspect in Banner’s investigation. Banner, being the pugilist that he often has to be, starts beating some sense in to the beatnik to get some information and the beatnik’s seeing stars. Perhaps some of that reefer the beatnik smoked isn’t helping.

… Needless to say, just think of this as a form of jazz that smoked a few spliffs and wanders down a pitch-black rabbit hole. Check out a Spotify stream of this soundtrack below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

In 1971 for the great soundtrack of Enzo Castellari’s Gli Occhi Freddi della Paura, Morricone called on the services of Gruppo d’Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, the legendary avant garde and improvisational combo of which he was a founding member.

Not only a classy soundtrack but also a classic of the experimental and free jazz genres.

Price $26.37

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