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VERVE REMIXED

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The manipulation of classic jazz tracks has been part of DJ club culture since the '80s, as artists have continually scratched, looped, and sampled beats and phrases. Verve Remixed has been in the planning stages for years, with in-house producers inviting an international cast of remix artists to select songs from the label's vaults. The results are often tremendously successful, as the remix artists have picked up and expanded upon elements already present in the original. The funky Latin beat of Willie Bobo's "Spanish Grease" gets new life from Richard Dorfmeister, along with a prominent new bass line. Similarly, King Britt pumps up the Indian elements of Tony Scott's "Hare Krishna." dZihan and Kamien's trance remix (with tabla drums) of Billie Holiday's "Don't Explain" is among the most arresting tracks, creating psychodrama between Holiday's original vocal and the new environment. Nina Simone's voice seems tailor-made for this approach, as if it has always cried out for the layered rhythmic emphasis. Masters at Work's take on her "See-Line Woman" is electric in its intensity--cool flute sonorities and metallic percussion embrace and catapult the original vocal into a new presence. --Stuart Broomer
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 30, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: April 30, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B00006316W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on April 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is so cool. Masterminded by some of the world's most influencial DJs, this record is a compilation of some killer jazz music mixed in a new and fresh way. It's an amazing spin on classic material. I'm not a huge Jazz person, but I love some of it. This is mostly remixes of the DIVAs of jazz - Dinah, Billie, Ella, Carmen mixed up in a way that is so catchy. This is the first time I bought an "electronica" album because I'm not a big elecronic person either (I LIKE MOSTLY ROCK!), but since both genres interest me a bit, I checked this one out. It's THE BEST record I've bought this year! And the Verve Unmixed is available for only [$]so I bought it too. It's REALLY amazing as well. Score!
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This set of classic jazz remixed by modern chill and electronic artists is TOP NOTCH, and by far the best of any of the "Remixed" series. I frequently play this in the office when I need a pick me up, and it's just plain fun. If you're a jazz purist and don't get the whole deal with sampling and remixing, this may offend, but if you're looking for something to get your toes a tappin' - this is it! If not, maybe, baby, you should find something new.
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I enjoy this album, more for the mixers and the new product they've created. But don't buy this looking for new twists on the original material because in many cases, the original stuff is all but obliterated. The thought of taking a song such as Strange Fruit and a singer such as Billie Holiday and re-mixing this stuff to a drum bass melange is sort of follhardy to begin with. Her strentgh as a singer was her incredible phrasing and plaintive emotion - all of which is wrung out of this mix. But that's ok as long as you know that going in. Nina Simone fairs better and Summertime remains evocative. It's very cool and bright background music - something to make and eat dinner to. The unmixed version though, is a knock-out sampler of mostly the great female singers on the verve roster. Some of that stuff can bring you to your knees in awe. Get them both and use appropriately.
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This is my summertime CD for 2002, and that is a total surprise to me.
As a rule I think dub and remixes have been a major league bore for more than a decade. The mind-numbing dependence of most dj's on a handful of stock sounds--the James Brown clip, the Prince clip, the whole Art of Noise box of cliches--wore the whole genre to a dull edge long ago.
This CD has me rethinking that whole criticism. It helps that the vocals come from some of the 20th centuries greatest talents, but the mixes are warm and earthy and sweaty hot, not the tinny repititious borefests that turned me off a few years back.
Not surprisingly, the very best tracks are constructed around two of the greatest American vocalists of all time, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Fitzgerald's "Wait 'Till You See Him" sounds sexier than the original--I would have bet that wasn't possible--and Holiday's "Don't Explain" is just fantastic. Listening to Holiday is always an eye-opener; here the result of putting that magic voice in the midst of a modern mix is truly hypnotic. The Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughn tracks are hot too.
Maybe the greatest evidence that this is a great piece is the remix of Dinah Washington's "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?" The original was sacherine and slow, with the instruments mixed wayyyyyyyyyyy down, kind of a vanilla pull at what is really a pretty spicy lyric. But the remix here is hot, marching and in your face, with a dirty horn part and a drum clip that I think may have been taken off Grand Funk's "American Band," of all things.
This is what hot, sweaty, romantic, sexy summer music should always be.
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I dont know if this album will be appreciated by everyone, but I dont think it will be but also it doesnt need to be. I am a big jazz music fan but also a House music fan so this album is just right for me. Combining the creme de la creme of jazz and electronic dance music, the end result is amazing that makes me want to listen to it again and again. But this cd will probably not be accepted by all the jazz purists. Its fresh, its innovative, its respectful to the original music and above all is a pleasure for the ears. The best album for the summer and a future classic. Thank you Verve, I cant wait for the Vol.2
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If you love the flavor of stuff like Kruder and Dorfmeister or St. Germain, this is definitely for you! This is a perfect party disc to put on, everyone will love it. Nothing on here is too abrasive or modern, yet nothing on here is to safe or forgettable either. Each track just improves the over-all appeal of this album. This disc mixes the best DJ's and electronic artists with some classic jazz standards and does it extremely well. This is a mix disc waiting for a crowd to enjoy it, and after one listen, they will.
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If you like the great jazz classics on the Verve/Unmixed CD, you'll either love or hate this CD. It's a great little soundtrack to your next late-nite cocktail party. For the most part I enjoyed the remixed versions of all of the songs presented here, but there are three that don't belong.
First off, I never liked "Hare Krishna", the last track, so the remix only takes some of the irritability of that track off for me. The other two just shouldn't have been touched, which are both Billy Holiday tracks. Maybe someone can remix her successfully, but I haven't heard it yet. She is much too magnificent to be watered down in a remix.
My fav is the remix of Carmen McRae's "How long has this been going on?", followed by "Who needs forever?". Nina Simone's "See-line woman" offering is an upbeat deliverance on the Verve/Unmixed CD, and on the remix it really shines. Ella Fitzgerald's original now remixed here is breathy and rich, and a tribute to the original.
If you're just getting into downbeat, jazzy trip-hop or a Jazz purist, this is a CD that should be a staple in your catalog.
~4 stars for the failed attempts on the two Billy Holiday tracks~
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