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Classic Album Review: Sex Mob | Sex Mob Does Bond

The N.Y.C. jazzers shake up the 007 tribute format withi groovy, freewheeling jams.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Do we really need another James Bond tribute album? Of course not. But we don’t really need another James Bond movie, for that matter — and if I had to choose one, I’d go with this CD.

Why? 1) It’s by New York jazzbos Sex Mob, one of the funkier, grittier and more irreverent outfits around; 2) They’re led by slide trumpet (yes, trumpet) master Steven Bernstein, whose instrument is as original as his approach to jazz; 3) They’re joined by organist John Medeski, the first name in Medeski, Martin and Wood. Together, they play fast and loose with the Bond score, ignoring the cliche cuts and instead using incidental music from Goldfinger, From Russia With Love and others as the jumping-off point for groovy, freewheeling jams, complete with “porno beat” sections for when James scores. If Bond movies were written with this much wit, I might even watch the next one.