Skip Martin: Riff Blues


Riff Blues (theme from Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer)


Skip Martin


Music from M Squad / Music from Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (Collectables COL-CD-2809)

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Composed by Dave Kahn & Melvyn Lenard. Arranged and conducted by Skip Martin


Recorded: Hollywood, 1958


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Man, that Mickey Spillane. Talk about your hardboiled crime scribblers! Mickey turned trash to cash faster than the mug what invented landfill, and spent it, too. Never spotted in public without which a flashy dame was draped around each arm. "Riff Blues" gets it right, with brassy bluster and silky saxes followed by a romantic interlude of flute and tinkling piano to keep the girls interested, then a big swell with kettledrums to wake up the goodfellas, all done with the slow sway of a savvy stripper sashaying down the runway. Highbrows call this ambience. Lowbrows, knowing better, call the ambulance. Either way, it's made music.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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