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Sounds from the Verve Hi-Fi
     

Sounds from the Verve Hi-Fi

by Thievery Corporation
 
It must've been a dream come true for dynamic DJ duo Thievery Corporation: to assemble from among Verve Records' tasteful stacks a mix disc to please the 21st-century lounge set. But Eric Hilton and Rob Garza -- who have won over well-heeled fans with their suave combo of toe-tapping beats, Latin rhythms, and breezy melodies -- took the assignment seriously,

Overview

It must've been a dream come true for dynamic DJ duo Thievery Corporation: to assemble from among Verve Records' tasteful stacks a mix disc to please the 21st-century lounge set. But Eric Hilton and Rob Garza -- who have won over well-heeled fans with their suave combo of toe-tapping beats, Latin rhythms, and breezy melodies -- took the assignment seriously, representing the stellar label's stylistic depth with bossa nova shuffles (Luiz Bonfá and Stan Getz's "Menina Flor"), sitar-infused psychedelia (Richie Havens's "Something Else Again"), loungey camp (Astrud Gilberto's sultry cover of the Doors' "Light My Fire"), and lots more. What makes this collection a keeper is the consistency of the selections -- many of which have a heavy Brazilian accent -- and Hilton and Garza's passion for the music, which shines through every groove. Whether it's Walter Wanderley's peppy, bachelor pad-ish "Batucada," Cal Tjader's vibraphone tickling on "Cuchy Frito Man," or the Wynton Kelly Trio's tasteful, piano-based jazz on "Escapade," this warm-blooded disc double-dares you not to tap your toes.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
The D.C. production duo and easygoing lounge mix team Thievery Corporation received the high honor of compiling Sounds From the Verve Hi-Fi, a collection of their favorite cuts originally appearing on the trendsetter jazz label of the '60s. Jazz at the Philharmonic fans read no farther; Thievery Corporation's respect for the label begins in the early '60s -- Jazz Samba Encore! is a major touchstone -- and focuses mostly on breezy Brazilian pop (Jobim, the Gilbertos, Walter Wanderley, Sergio Mendes) as well as acid jazz precursors like Wes Montgomery or Jackie & Roy. Still, this is more than just another new-generation hipster's Talkin' Verve compilation. Thievery Corporation are veteran DJs and obsessive record collectors, so they know how to put together a mix album, balancing a bare few well-known classics with a raft of unreleased gems. And yes, there are a lot of rarities: almost half of the tracks are seeing CD release for the first time (in America, that is), and the track listing includes comparatively obscure names like Kenyon Hopkins, the Jazz Renegades, and Wynton Kelly. One for the collectors and archivists, then; a great mix for laid-back afternoon drinking sessions, definitely not The Greatest Hits of Verve.
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
1/2 ...Verve commissioned the chic pair to simply act as curators of cool...Hilton and Garza's choices favor voluptuous rhythms, opiate melodies, worldly flavors and classy musicianship.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2002
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0731458415121
catalogNumber:
584151

Tracks

  1. Menina Flor by Stan Getz And Luiz Bonfa
  2. Chove Chuva by Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66
  3. Ogd (Road Song) by Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery
  4. Hard Latin by Kenyon Hopkins
  5. The Fakir by Cal Tjader with Lalo Schifrin
  6. Something Else Again by Richie Havens
  7. Light My Fire by Astrud Gilberto
  8. Bala Com Bala by 0 Elis Regina
  9. Batacuda by Walter Wanderley
  10. Samba Triste by Jackie And Roy
  11. Cuchy Frito Man by Cal Tjader
  12. Lisa by Willie Bobo
  13. For Mods Only by Chico Hamilton
  14. Escapade by The Wynton Kelly Trio
  15. Do It The Heart Way by The Jazz Renegades

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thievery Corporation   Primary Artist
Lalo Schifrin   Track Performer
Richie Havens   Track Performer
Luiz Bonfá   Track Performer
Stan Getz   Track Performer
Astrud Gilberto   Track Performer
Chico Hamilton   Track Performer
Jackie & Roy   Track Performer
Jazz Renegades   Track Performer
Wes Montgomery   Track Performer
Elis Regina   Track Performer
Walter Wanderley   Track Performer
Kenyon Hopkins   Track Performer
Willie Bobo   Track Performer
Jimmy Smith   Track Performer
Cal Tjader   Track Performer
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66   Track Performer
Wynton Kelly Trio   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Eric Hilton   Producer,Liner Notes
Jason Olaine   Executive Producer
Rob Garza   Producer,Liner Notes
Robby Krieger   Composer

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