Verve Remixed CD (2002)

Artist: Various Artists

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Label Polygram Label Group
SKU 60554786
UPC 731458960621
UPC 14 00731458960621
Format CD
Release Date 4/30/2002
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Engineer Jeff Chestek; Steve Christian; Steven Barkan
CatalogID 5896062
Lable Name Verve
Released 04/29/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731458960621
Album Notes and Credits
Compilation producers: Dahlia Ambach, Jason Olaine.
Recorded between 1944 & 1991.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Adam Jones (guitar); Larry Gold (cello); Otto Engelhard (trombone); Marc Cary (Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer); Mark de Clive-Lowe (keyboards, programming); Kaidi Tatham, MJ Cole (keyboards); Justin Chancellor (bass guitar); Perry Melius (drums, drum programming); Pentagon (programming); Tricky (drum programming).
Audio Mixers: Georg Tomandl; Jeff Chestek; King Britt; Alex Attias; Pentagon; Steve Christian.
Audio Remasterer: Horst Schnebel.
Audio Remixers: De-Phazz; dZihan & Kamien; Michael Kreiner; UFO!; Joaquin "Joe" Claussell; King Britt; MJ Cole; Mark de Clive-Lowe; Masters at Work; Pit Baumgartner; Rae & Christian; Richard Dorfmeister; Thievery Corporation; Tricky; United Future Organization.
Liner Note Author: Jason Olaine.
Recording information: ESL Studios, Washington D.C (2001); Grand Central Studios, Manchester, England (2001); Hot Box Studio, Metairie, LA (2001); Pulse Studios, Staten Island, NY (2001); Severe Sounds, NY (2001); Sunshine Studios (2001); The Studio, Philadelphia, PA (2001).
Photographer: Mo Daoud.
This compilation featuring remixes of tunes from the vaults of one of the premier '50s and '60s jazz labels varies in tone from the thumping house of the Dorfmeister Con Madrid reworking of Willie Bobo's "Spanish Grease" to the ethereal tones of Thievery Corporation's re-imagining of Astrud Gilberto's "Who Needs Forever?." Tricky performs his usual impenetrable sleight-of-hand on the Billie Holiday classic "Strange Fruit," giving the terrifying imagery of a Southern lynching an appropriately dark, disturbing feel, while in contrast Sarah Vaughan's "Summertime" is given a reggae bassline that percolates under the song's languid string arrangement.
The brace of Nina Simone cuts ("Feelin' Good" and "See-Line Woman") are given the appropriate updated R&B treatment, while the other Billie Holiday track, "Don't Explain," treats the singer's voice as an adjunct to a musical experiment. Although some of the originals find themselves submerged beneath multi-layered waves of electronica, there's enough here of interest to make this an exploration well worth investigating.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (5/3/02, p.86) - "...[Verve shows] how much DJ-jazz vocal fusion can offer..."
Q (May 2002, p.125) - 4 out of 5 stars - "The jazz label's first modern makeover works surprisingly well....potent voices, lush setting."
CMJ (5/13/02, p.4) - "...Breezy grooves that pay homage to some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of the 20th century..."
JazzTimes (7-8/02, p.119) - "...The appeal of this CD has less to do with the music - though some of these reinterpretations are musically excellent - and more to do with the surprise of hearing timless voices like Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Dinah Washington...and especially, Billie Holiday in modern-day contexts..."
Vibe (June 2002, p.155) - 4 out of 5 - "...The label opened its storied vault to today's hippest knob-twirlers, whose reinterpretations soar above bargain-basement expectations..."
Mojo (Publisher) (5/02, p.110) - "...Extraordinary..."
Disc 1
1 Spanish Grease - Willie Bobo/Dorfmeister (Dorfmeister Con Madrid De Los Austrias Muga Reserva mix)
2 How Long Has This Been Going On - Carmen McRae/MJ Cole (MJ Cole remix)
3 Who Needs Forever? - Astrud Gilberto/Thievery Corporation (Thievery Corporation remix)
4 Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't My Baby - Dinah Washington/Rae & Christian (Rae & Christian remix)
5 Feeling Good - Nina Simone/Joe Claussell (Joe Claussell remix)
6 Return To Paradise - Shirley Horn/Mark De Clive-Lowe (Mark De Clive-Lowe remix)
7 Wait 'Till You See Him - Ella Fitzgerald/De-Phazz (De-Phazz remix)
8 Don't Explain - Billie Holiday/Dzihan & Kamien (Dzihan & Kamien remix)
9 See Line Woman - Nina Simone/Masters At Work (Masters At Work remix)
10 Summertime - Sarah Vaughan/UFO (UFO remix)
11 Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday/Tricky (Tricky remix)
12 Hare Krishna - Tony Scott/King Britt (King Britt Funke mix)
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