Verve Remixed

Verve Remixed

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The progressive sounds of down-tempo music have long claimed a loungey kinship with the reachin' sounds of jazz, even if only through extensive sampling. Now jazz stalwart Verve Records has given a dozen dance music denizens the chance to prove their mettle with remixes of original jazz classics. The source material they've selected comes largely from Verve's top

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Verve Remixed 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This record is amazing. After hearing it on WFUV's The Whole World program I marked the release date on my calender and bought it first thing this morning. What a great take on some classic material. I'm not a huge jazz person, but I knew some of these tracks and they are so good. This is the first ''electronica'' record I ever bought. I like some DJ music and I like some jazz music so this felt like a fresh take on both. I highly recommend it. Best $17 bucks I've spent in awhile!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mixing, stirring and shaking some memorable classic Jazz tunes with computer loops is very easy nowadays - and that's how the album sounds. It's even so easy that chords of original songs are ''omitted'' for the sake of.....what? Producer convenience? ''Originality''? Sounds rather like musical incompetence to me. The overall feel of this album is washroom background- or very-late-night-and completely-stoned lounge muzak. There is nothing surprising on this record, it's monotonous with a narrow-minded focus on loops, sound effect / - scapes and - of course - beats. Yet this record will probably rake in thousands for the producers, be ''hip & trendy'' until the next re-remix or DJ'd-version of it comes along, and all is well in the mass commercial music world. As far as I'm concerned, this album is a lesson in Marketing but not Music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amusing that this album should be cursorily dismissed as 'hip and trendy' by some critics. But let's remember the remix is not a new phenomenon. It's been around since the dawn of the popular song. Wandering minstrels endlessly 'remixed' the ballads of their ancestors. ''But dang it, these faceless heathen DJs have taken our classic jazz tunes and fed them into a computer (yep, those newfangled things with buttons) and turned them into monotonous muzak'', I hear you say. Well, do I detect a hint of patronising pique from the purists? Excellent! It's just like the Bebop Wars, Elvis's first TV appearance, Dylan Going Electric -- choose your generational coup d'etat! But irrespective of your age, haven't you ever, just once in your life, wanted to take Gershwin's 'Summertime' and give it a kick in the butt (and I'm not talking a slight chord change here and there!) The UFO Remix does just that, and breathes life into a hoary old chestnut. It's seductive and haunting, audacious yet respectful. OK not every track on this CD works, but what the heck? Is it a bad thing for Verve to re-market their golden vaults in such a way? If I too can be patronising for a moment, maybe just maybe the kids will hear this and get interested in the original versions. Buy it and listen with unjaundiced ears!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not everything works, but this is quite simply a well done spin. Honestly, neither jazz nor techno is ''my thing'', but this is a highly diggable album with tracks i'm pleased to have stuck in my head all day long. Nothing is quite as exciting as taking something classic and making it fresh. Take an old recipe, add the freshest ingredients, some foreign elements...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Songs of the same genre are played 24/7 at a site called lounge radio. Thats how I found out about this album to begin with.