I'll Give You a Break, Pt. 44: Lalo Schifrin's "Quiet Village"
by Dave Segal
on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 9:58 AM
[I’ll Give You a Break is a sporadic series of posts highlighting obscure (and not so obscure) breakbeats in unlikely places, so that they may be sampled by producers or just enjoyed for their own geeky purposes. NB: Don’t forget to clear all samples through the proper channels (cough).]
Argentine pianist/composer/soundtrack maestro Lalo Schifrin’s music’s been sampled plenty of times (especially the “Mission: Impossible Theme”), but as far as I can ascertain, nobody’s used anything from the fecund source known as his cover of Martin Denny’s “Quiet Village,” off the 1976 LP Black Widow. Maybe you can be the first…
Really, all of “Quiet Village” is sample-worthy, but beatmakers will probably want to grab something from the first 30 seconds or so. The funk here is complicated and off-kilter, as well as being deep and bubble-butted; it sounds a lot like Herbie Hancock’s mid-’70s work, particularly Man-Child and the O’Jays’ “For the Love of Money.” Not sure what Martin Denny—or composer Les Baxter—thought of this cover, but I think it’s sexy as fuck. Fire up your MPCs, brothers and sisters.