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Re: Generations
     

Re: Generations

by Nat King Cole
 

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Remix or tribute albums are often stodgy affairs, where the work of the artist being celebrated becomes as rigid as if cast in stone, and any artists doing the celebrating check their creativity at the door. Re: Generations, which commemorates Nat King Cole with a work that's half tribute album and half remix album, is a notable exception to this tendency. Not

Overview

Remix or tribute albums are often stodgy affairs, where the work of the artist being celebrated becomes as rigid as if cast in stone, and any artists doing the celebrating check their creativity at the door. Re: Generations, which commemorates Nat King Cole with a work that's half tribute album and half remix album, is a notable exception to this tendency. Not only does it feature a parade of talented names, but the artists make Cole's standards as fluid as water (which the deft pianist and beguiling vocalist would undoubtedly appreciate). Certainly the guests are exactly the types of artists a modern-day Cole would be working with, everyone from the Roots to TV on the Radio to Bebel Gilberto. If anything, the celebrators were overly free with Cole's work, modernizing it and portraying the man in a light that neither he nor his fans would perhaps appreciate. Cee-Lo Green could have done a marvelous job with "Lush Life," rethinking it as a modern torch song better than anything Danger Mouse has covered. Still, about all we learn from his remix are two facts: "I was wrong" and "I'll live a lush life." Contrast that with the original, where the intricate poetry of the lyrics comes together with a definitive reading to form one of Cole's most moving performances. Producer Just Blaze finds an obscure track called "Pick-Up," and casts Cole as a drive-by womanizer, then adds new recordings to capture a modern female's typical response. Others select atypical tracks -- "Calypso Blues," "El Choclo" -- to put their own heavily personalized spin on the work of one of the great vocalists of the 20th century. Granted, there are several successes: the Roots modernize "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" with a loose, dexterous instrumental (then tack on a rap from Black Thought), TV on the Radio take "Nature Boy" to the stars with heavy reverb applied to Cole's vocal, and Detroit post-jazz producer Amp Fiddler explores what "Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere" would sound like in a post-fusion environment like the '70s. Best of all is "Straighten Up and Fly Right," where Natalie Cole duets with her father once more, this time with playful interplay and a wonderfully understated production from will.i.am that doesn't sound conspicuously modern (and even finds room for a sprightly piano solo). As with all tribute albums, the best thing that could happen is if the fans of these artists go back to the original recordings rather than rely on crossover fusions that will become dated far sooner than the best of Nat King Cole's 35 years of recordings.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/10/2009
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
5099920841423
catalogNumber:
08414

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nat King Cole   Primary Artist
Bubz Fiddler   Keyboards
James Poyser   Keyboards
Didi Gutman   Keyboards
Black Thought   Vocals
Cut Chemist   Bass,Guitar,scratching,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
?uestlove   Drums
Tariq Trotter   Vocals
Andres Hernandez   Bongos
Sabina Sciubba   Vocals
Jeremy Wilms   Bass,Guitar
Meg Okura   Violin,Viola
Jeff Pierce   Trumpet
David Andrew Sitek   Synthesizer,Guitar,Drums
John Roggie   fender rhodes
David Smith   Trombone
Mela Machinko   Vocals
Benedict Green   Percussion
Stephanie McWhite   Vocals
Dave Eggar   Cello
Andres Humberto "Dez" Hernandez   Bongos
Stoni   Vocals
David William Smith   Trombone
Mike Feingold   Guitar
Jeremy Williams   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Lee Wiley   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Nat King Cole   Composer
Bubz Fiddler   Producer,drum programming
Steve Mandell   Engineer
Stephen Marley   Producer,Audio Production
Johnny Mercer   Composer
James Poyser   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Salaam Remi   Producer,Audio Production
Jon Smeltz   Engineer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Andrew Wright   Engineer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley   Producer,Audio Production
Tom Recchion   Art Direction
Didi Gutman   Programming
Amp Fiddler   Audio Production
Overton Lloyd   Artwork
Cut Chemist   Producer,Audio Production
Cee Lo Green   Producer,Audio Production
?uestlove   Producer,Audio Production
Aaron Johnston   Programming
will.i.am   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Vocal Recording
Sabina Sciubba   Composer
J. Smith   Producer,Audio Production
Carole Cole   Executive Producer,Art Direction,Audio Production
Shana Halligan   Producer
Bitter:Sweet   Producer,Audio Production
David Andrew Sitek   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Kiran Shahani   Producer
Michaelangelo LAcqua   Producer,Executive Producer
Padraic Kerin   Audio Production
Brazilian Girls   Audio Production
Susan Lavoie   Art Direction
Jaleel Bunton   Producer,Audio Production
Chris Moore   Engineer
Randy Watson Experience   Producer
Souldiggaz   Audio Production
Izza Kizza   Audio Production
Franklin Emmanuel Socorro   Engineer
Sage Zailm Cole   Artwork,Cover Image
Joel Douek   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Fabrice Dupont   Engineer
Escaped Crusader   Poetry,Author
Benedict Green   drum programming
Samuel Jacquet   Engineer
Man One   Artwork,Paintings
Ritzy Periwinkle   Artwork
Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca   Artwork
Mark VanWye   Audio Production
S. Tolbert   Composer
D. George   Composer
R. Rasch   Composer
J. Alston   Composer
B. Ferreire   Composer
M. Rashkin   Composer
Michaelangelo L'acque   Audio Production
J. Sherman   Composer
Tolbert   Composer
A. Hoffman   Composer
D. Gutman   Composer
A. Johnston   Composer
A. Peraza   Composer
R. Bloom   Composer
V. Young   Composer
G. Weiss   Composer
D. Manning   Composer
D. Wayne   Composer
B. Schluger   Composer

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