Verve Remixed, Vol. 3

Verve Remixed, Vol. 3


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As with the two preceding Verve Remixed releases, the third installment of jazz classics from the Verve vaults -- remixed by modern electronic producers and mixers -- toes the line of consistency throughout its 13 tracks. Taking a decidedly different route than the first two installments, Verve rolled the dice and collaborated predominantly with artists known for their work in hip-hop and indie rock, thereby stretching their comfort zone beyond the predictable enclave of electronic dance producers influenced by jazz. The results pay off here and there: just listen to the Postal Service's remix of Nina Simone's "Little Girl Blue." At times, Simone's voice seems largely out of place with the Postal Service's vibrant, bouncy beats and happy synth lines, but the reverence shown to her original recording is obvious throughout the remix. The same can be said of the Brazilian Girls' reinterpretation of Blossom Dearie's "Just One of Those Things." Unfortunately, there are times when even the best of intentions fall short of the mark, with remixes not only failing to give the original an interesting or appealing new treatment but, as a result, doing the songs a great disservice to boot. The remixes by Adam Freeland and Sugar Daddy show an apparent disregard for the original compositions altogether, while techno guru Carl Craig, on the other hand, follows in Metro Area's footsteps (their cut from Verve Remixed, Vol. 2) and remixes Hugh Masekela's "The Boys Doin' It," but any parallel between the two remixers stop there. Craig's reinterpretation is decidedly darker, rigid, and more claustrophobic than the Brooklyn disco duo's. It's also a mild disappointment, as Craig's remix work has few rivals in the electronic world, and this one simply doesn't add up to some of the moments in his impressive canon. There are some excellent remixes here, however, from RJD2 and Danger Mouse -- and given this context, they are indeed noteworthy of praise, with excellent work as well on Lyrics Born's outstanding remix of Jimmy Smith's "Stay Loose."

Product Details

Release Date: 04/05/2005
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602498800775
catalogNumber: 000416602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Levy   Saxophone
Patrick Dawes   Percussion
Tim Hutton   Trumpet
Richard File   Guitar
Joel Cadbury   Bass
Howard Jacobs   Percussion

Technical Credits

Louis Prima   Composer
Hugh Masekela   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
David Ellis   Audio Sculpture
James Van Heusen   Composer
Carl Craig   Remixing
Hollis King   Art Direction
Lyrics Born   Producer,Remixing
Adam Freeland   Producer,Remixing
Damian Taylor   Producer,Remixing
Bent   Remixing
Tim Hutton   Remixing
Album Leaf   Remixing
Tom Findlay   Remixing
Max Sedgley   Producer,Remixing
RSL   Producer,Remixing
Simon Mills   Producer,Remixing
Jimmy Tamborello   Producer
Postal Service   Remixing
Junior Boys   Remixing
Dahlia Ambach Caplin   Producer,Liner Notes
Brazilian Girls   Producer,Remixing
Brian Stradman   Engineer
Sugardaddy   Remixing
Todd C. Roberts   Producer,Liner Notes

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