Produced, Arranged, Composed and Conducted by Lalo Schifrin (1971 Verve)
Featuring The Mike Curb Congregation
Lalo Schifrin has a bit of success in 1970 with the single "Burning Bridges" (PXM 19 A) which was sung by the Mike Curb Congregation. "Rock Requiem" is a continuing of that partnership. I'm not sure what audience was in mind when this was recorded but Jesus Christ Superstar was introduced in 1970 so maybe Lalo was influenced some what. This is a Choral Rock Jazz thing. I'm not sure that all these interpretations work but some certainly do. "Procession" starts with a solo choir but is replaced by a fantastic Organ sound that reminds me of "Summer Madness" by Kool & The Gang. "Tract" is Gospel inspired and is the only track that Lalo actually plays on. "Sanctus Benedictus" is my favorite track on this album and could easily have come from the "Kelly's Heroes" soundtrack. It also contains some seriously funky Drumming by Ronald Tutt. "Agnus Dei" switches to a Latin rhythm and is a groover. I have spun this one at a film party and it actually worked!