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Outstanding songs from one of the most prestigious catalogs remixed for the first time! Featuring remixes by Sa-Ra, RZA, Mark De Clive-Lowe, Prefuse 73, Gerardo Frisina, DJ Dolores, Chief Xcel (Of Blackalicious), Boozoo Bajou, Kid Koala, Telefon Tel-Aviv and Ravi Coltrane. Impluse. 2005.

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listen  1. A Helluva Town (SA-RA "GO" Remix)George Russell and SA-RA 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. II B.S. (RZA's Mingus Bounce Mix)Charles Mingus and RZA 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. El Toro (Mark De Clive-Lowe Remix)Chico Hamilton and Mark Clive-Lowe 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mizrab (Prefuse 73 Remix)Gabor Szabo and Prefuse 73 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac (Gerardo Frisina Remix)Dizzy Gillespie and Gerardo Frisina 6:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Spanish Rice (DJ Dolores Remix)Chico O'Farrill and Clark Terry and DJ Dolores 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Attica Blues (Chief Xcel Of Blackalicious Remix)Archie Shepp and Chief Xcel 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Astral Traveling (Boozoo Bajou Remix)Boozoo Bajou and Pharoah Sanders 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Bamboo Flute Blues (Kid Koala Remix)Kid Koala and Yusef Lateef 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Stolen Moments (Telefon Tel-Aviv Remix)Oliver Nelson and Telefon Tel Aviv 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. At NightJulie Patton and Ravi Coltrane 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Impulse
  • ASIN: B000ASATPS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,411 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Hall on January 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The best way I've found to review albums which purport to re-do classic material is to compare song-for-song the old with the new. The question isn't whether one is better than the other, but rather, whether the new adds anything to the old. Essentially, is it a positive addition to the legacy of the material it reinterprets?

For this project, Verve opened the vaults and the catalog of Impulse records to a handful of today's top producers and DJs. Those chosen few got to poke around and pick a song to remix. But what did they do with the source material?

Sa-Ra Creative Partners intensify the already frenetic pace of "A Helluva Town". The addition of a dynamic drum `n' bass percussion line deepens the groove and creates higher peaks and lower valleys than are found in George Russell's original.

To my mind, RZA takes on the biggest challenge by facing off with the formidable and already well-known swing of Charles Mingus' "II B.S." RZA's recent focus on movie scoring is apparent as he slows the initial tempo and proceeds to build the audio equivalent of a brilliant chase scene. To use the same metaphor on each version, Mingus' scene would feature a normal street for just a moment before the entire chase cuts around the corner already at full speed. RZA implies the same chase, but begins at an earlier point with a lone protagonist first noticing there might be someone following him.

Mark de Clive-Lowe makes his mark on "El Toro" by essentially editing out Gabor Szabo's guitar and focusing instead on the rock solid bass line and Charles Lloyd's flute. By doing so, he completely does away with the spaghetti western feel that Szabo lends to the original.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KC on February 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This CD might disappoint those who have the Verve Unmixed series since those CD's are more pop/accessible and they make for a cool, hip party CD - old favorites that everyone already knows merely updated to the 21st century.

This is not really that kind of a party CD unless most of your parties are of the revolutionary kind :-)

These tracks are less pop/standard jazz that was already revolutionary and a bit belligerent in its day - though of course - cool and hip it its own right ... now updated to the 21st century with trip hop beats, they still stand the test of time. The tracks are all interesting, intriguing and still sound un-compromised and unbending to the whims of music fashion.

This CD is not for everyone but if you like your jazz with an unvarnished edge, and updated with splashes of trip hop and acid jazz - then you're in for a treat.

About the only disappointment is the low number of tracks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By o dubhthaigh VINE VOICE on November 4, 2005
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Someone's gonna have to break this down for Wynton: It's fun, Mate! Oh yeah, remember that?! Anyway, the DJs and producers here take tracks you're likely to know, if you have an avocation for jazz, and give them, if you will, a different spin. And it's infectiously a hoot! Of course, Dizzy Gillespie would have revelled in the joyful tricks effected on his track, but you can't help but see the wry smile on all of these musicians, including Mingus, on the way these tracks have found another life. Like turning a diamond just so so atht it's facets cast a new brilliance. It all winds up with a reverent and inspirational reading of a poem by John Coltrane, set to music by his son. It's just perfect!

Keep this up and Impulse might just breathe life back into Jazz a second time. It reminds me of the old Teilhard de Chardin quote: "When man learns to harness the power of love, he will have discovered fire for the second time." Coltrane's poem is all about the peace such discovery brings the heart. Git it in your soul, as Mingus would have told you. You, too, Wynton.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By svf on November 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
oh boy, why do I keep buying these things. You'd think I would have learned my lesson after three volumes of Verve Remixed. But no, I keep thinking somehow there will be a great Jazz/Electronica remix album and that this might be it. With originals by Mingus, Gillespie, Shepp, Pharoah Sanders, Yusef Lateef, etc. how could anyone go wrong? Well unfortunately most of these tracks become the usual monotonous drum-machine driven loop tracks that outstay their welcome after a couple minutes. It's all certainly listenable Starbucks background music I guess... but all of the original tracks are so much more interesting, so why bother? (It's interesting that they sell the "Unmixed" collections for about $5.00 while these "Remixes" are $15+... hey if this gets people to check out the originals, that is a worthy result I guess.) The one rather nice thing is the string-y rework of Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments" -- but I'd still take the CLASSIC original tune any day. Am I just becoming an old crumudgeon or is this stuff just not very interesting? Heck, I liked the Motown: Remixed album for the most part... Reich: Remixed was great too (but GlassCuts: Philip Glass Remixed was terrible...) Maybe Jazz just isn't suited for this kind of thing after all? but the Photek sampling of Pharoah's "Astral Traveling" for the track "Rings Around Saturn" is way groovier (in a groovy robot way) than this attempt... hmmmm (Also... the Coltrane "poetry reading" at the end is a bit embarrasing.... I don't think John would have approved of this one... bad call, Ravi...)
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