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Classic Album Review: Various Artists | Verve Remixed2 / Verve Unmixed2

Cutting-edge producers have their way with another slate of timeless jazz classics.


This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Last year’s Verve Remixed compilation picked up where hip-hoppers US3 left off, merging timeless, old-school jazz samples with cutting-edge grooves and producers.

Not surprisingly, this sequel — the logically titled Verve Remixed2 — follows the formula like a beginning chemist. The Funkly Lowlives get down with Dizzy Gillespie’s boppy Manteca, Gotan Project reposition Sarah Vaughan’s Whatever Lola Wants as an electro-gypsy come-on, Miguel Migs Petalpusher upgrades Ella Fitzgerald’s Slap That Bass into a finger-popping funk workout, and Layo and Bushwacka turn another Ella outing — the soaring Angel Eyes — into a tripy-hoppy torche scorcher. Again, it’s designed — and all but guaranteed to turn a hip-hopper into a jazz fan and vice versa. For traditionalists, there’s Unmixed2, which has the original tracks in the same order. I suggest getting the two-fer so you can hear the best of both worlds.


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