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Get ready for your jazz education. These virgin, unremixed tracks taken from the 1960s Verve vaults were a major influence on Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza and Eric Hilton years before they spun epic documents like The Mirror Conspiracy. Their time capsule is a bubbling, Brazilian soul-jazz blast, starting with the sensuous "Menina Flor" by Stan Getz and Luis Bonfa. Jimmy Smith's "Road Song" is a classic of '60s hard bop, while Kenyon Hopkins's "Hard Latin" shows the kind of groovy organ jazz that was popular in bars from Philly to hot 'Lanta. Things go left with Cal Tjader's "The Fakir," a day-glo Middle Eastern track influenced by Coltrane's "My Favorite Things," while Astrud Gilberto pulls a Nancy Sinatra on another freaky standout, "Light My Fire." Walter Wanderley, Wynton Kelly, Chico Hamilton, and Elis Regina also light up the night, along with your hi-fi. --Ken Micallef

1. Menina Flor - Stan Getz And Luiz Bonfa
2. Chove Chuva - Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66
3. Ogd (Road Song) - Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery
4. Hard Latin - Kenyon Hopkins
5. The Fakir - Cal Tjader with Lalo Schifrin
6. Something Else Again - Richie Havens
7. Light My Fire - Astrud Gilberto
8. Bala Com Bala - 0 Elis Regina
9. Batacuda - Walter Wanderley
10. Samba Triste - Jackie And Roy
11. Cuchy Frito Man - Cal Tjader
12. Lisa - Willie Bobo
13. For Mods Only - Chico Hamilton
14. Escapade - The Wynton Kelly Trio
15. Do It The Heart Way - The Jazz Renegades

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  • Audio CD (January 29, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B00005RTJ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Torres VINE VOICE on December 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It is worth repeating ; this is NOT a Thievery Corporation disc in the vein of "Mirror Conspiracy " or their latest "The Richest Man in Babylon. " If you have recently been turned on to these guys, like their ability to remix the music and are looking for more of the same stay away from this disc. To use Thelonious Monks title to one of his songs, this is "Straight No Chaser." This is pure and simple some old jazz, of the softer variety and sort of like the roots of acid jazz. Featured are some pretty good selections for newbees to the genre but for grey beards this is a stroll down memory lane;essentially an eclectic compilation leaning towrds the softer sounds of bossa nova and the likes of Latin jazz. Imagine James Bond(the original Sean Connery) strutting with his eye on some obscene named babe, introducing himself as Bond.....James Bond with a martini in hand as the featured "For Mods Only " plays in the background by Chico Hamilton. This is music from the 60's, when spies were spies and Peter Sellers was shagadelic. This was the time when world music was spreading it's wings, east meets west with the introduction of sitars and tablas as in the catchy Richie Havens(he of the "Freedom" cry at Woodstock) number included here entitled "Something Else Again." It was a time when pop rock was making the crossover to jazz artists interpretations as in Astrud Gilberto's version of the Doors "Light My Fire". The musical boundries were beginning to be blurred. Some artists were experimenting with Latin rhythmns. The Latin flavors abound with some tasty offerings by one of the great vibe players Cal Tjader and his "Cuchy Frito Man.Read more ›
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on August 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is good music to have in the background for soft conversation, slow dancing, and, yes, seduction. This is good smooth jazz played by the masters of the form such as Stan Getz, Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66, Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery, Cal Tjader, Astrud Gilberto, Walter Wanderly, and others. It has that Bossa Nova beat to it. Great summertime listening!
Somebody wanted to know who the female vocalist on the first track is (No, it sure wasn't Stan Getz! LOL) It's Maria Toledo who was married to Luiz Bonfa who plays with Stan Getz on this cut.
This is '60's music and, as I noted, cocktail lounge music. The performers are definitely those best versed in this kind of truly smooth jazz. Recommended for relaxed and for romantic occasions.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Andrew M. Schirmer on February 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
When Mad Professor remixed Massive Attack's "Protection," there was a rush to grab up the Professor's solo material. You could hear the shouts of horrified hipsters everywhere as REGGAE wafted out of the speakers! Something tells me that something similar might occur with this CD.
"Sounds from the Verve Hi Fi" is a collection of semi-obscure easy listening/bossa-nova/jazz from the record collection (are all of their records on Verve? Hmmm...) of Eric Hilton and Roberto Garza, Thievery Corporation to you. NO, it's not set to BEATS, and there is NOTHING SAMPLED. The music here is original and occasionally raw...this is the real thing! Standouts include "Ogd" (anything by Jimmy Smith is a worthy purchase), "Light My Fire" as interpreted by Astrud Gilberto and Wynton Kelly puts in an appearance with "Escapade."
The verdict? Everything on here is great, but it's no place to start your jazz collection. This is not the complex or spiritual stuff like Miles or Mingus. However, it goes down quite nicely with a decadent Polynesian cocktail and that lil' special someone...
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By bordersj2 VINE VOICE on February 5, 2002
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I will repeat this later, but I think fans will want to know that this is NOT an ESL release. It's compiled by Thievery Corporation for VERVE.
THat said, I enjoyed this album. However I think folks that are looking for the next new think from Thievery Corporation would be disappointed. Again, this album is not actually released by the ESL label. This is a "Verve Music" release - so it is heavy heavy jazz and old school. This album is a selection of music compiled by the guys from Thievery Corporation for a "Brazilian Jazz" feeling Verve release. None of their actual music is on this.
That said, it's good music. It's true to Verve. However some of the songs that were selected are far from the artists most brilliant works. This would be more along the lines of a "quality tracks that may have been forgotten" sort of compilation. A previous reviewer was very correct when they said this about the Astrud Gilberto song. For Astrud Gilberto, why not "Goodbye Sadness" for example. And Elis Regina, take your pick really. But to hear an awesome version of Bola Com Bala, listen to Joao Bosco's instead. RARELY do I point someone over Elis, but that song, the xinga in it is unmatched.
So in short, there are better comps out there - regardless of the tracks you're looking for here. For starters, I would recommend "Nova Bossa", another Verve Bossa Nova release. And there are so many others. But all the artists have done better work. However if you're a collecter, enjoy the B sides, or simply will get anything with Thievery Corporation attached this might be for you.
I must admit though... I do LOVE Menina Flor, the first track.
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