Ted Kooshian: Bullitt
Ted Kooshian (piano)
Ted Kooshian's Standard Orbit Quartet (Summit Records DCD 495)
Ted Kooshian (piano),
Jeff Lederer (saxes, clarinets), Tom Hubbard (bass), Warren Odze (drums).
Composed by Lalo Schifrin.
Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, January 29-30, 2007
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
Watch almost any action movie from the late 1960s and you're sure to hear the signature sound of misbehaving guitars, pensive flutes and spiky horns. Ted Kooshian updates this particular classic movie theme by at first going "out" with a very angular introduction and then slowly building tension as the piano and sax trade ideas. There's an underlying current of funk here that's very much in the spirit of Lalo Schifrin's original, and the energetic climax does bring to mind Steve McQueen, his Mustang and that insanely great car-chase scene. (Subtract 2 ratings points if you remember the chase scene and were annoyed that they passed the same Volkswagen Beetle so many times.)
Reviewer: Mark Saleski