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Verve Remixed 2

I used to think that remixed jazz records were a massive wank. But, truth be told, they can be pretty cool, and this—the second volume in which Verve Records invited selected sonic texturalists to have a crack at retooling cuts from its vast catalog—has a few sublime moments. What hooked me was hearing the Fila Brazillia remix of vibraphonist Cal Tjader’s shimmering “Soul Sauce,” which always brings to mind trips to Candlestick to see the Giants. Dan the Automator’s stinky take on Willie Bobo’s “Fried Neckbones and Some Home Fries” is similarly nifty, and the creative Jaffa remix of Nina Simone’s “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” is the bee’s knees. (You can hear the originals on a companion volume, Verve Unmixed 2.)