October 5, 2008

Music Review – Verve Remixed 4 [Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald and Astrud Gilberto]

Finding gems in the Verve catalog is as easy as finding oil in Dick Cheney’s stock portfolio.The iconic jazz label has honored its bountiful repertoire of songs with tasteful remixes anchored by Verve’s pantheon of female vocalists: Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Astrud Gilberto. A few numbers allow the modern day knob-twirler to make a unique mark on the original beyond a few new beats and breaks. Antibalas layer the Afro-beat into the Patato & Totico Latin jazz meditation, “Dilo Como Yo.” Cinematic Orchestra lazily pulls back the r.p.m. on Ella’s “I Get a Kick out of You.” The mix of Remixed itself peaks, then winds down slowly.

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