Last week, as you probably know, the great Italian film composer Ennio Morricone was announced as the 2010 winner of the Polar Music Prize alongside Iceland’s pop queen Björk. Now, I think music awards are quite silly and pointless, but I do love some of Morricone’s music, in particular the stuff he scored for Sergio Leone (not the most original of picks, I admit).
The buzz around Morricone couldn’t have been more well-timed for the Swedish jazz act Oddjob, who earlier this year released an album of Clint Eastwood soundtrack tunes with the simple and appropriate name Clint. And if you’re in Stockholm this coming Wednesday, you can catch this incredibly tight and funky quintet live at Södra Teatern. Yes, you are likely to hear them play the theme of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, but I promise you it won’t sound anything like the original. These guys have made the music of Morricone and Lalo Schifrin their own.
If you want to read more about Oddjob and their Clint album, our music blogger blogger Johannes Cornell writes about it here. Below is a superb Oddjob rendition of Kraftwerk’s “Man Machine”. It does have a bit of a Dirty Harry vibe to it, doesn’t it? /Oliver