Verve Remixed:The First Ladies

August 13, 2013 / No Comments

(Verve Records)

To be sure, this is not the way jazz lovers are used to hearing some of its greatest female singers, but Verve Remixed:The First Ladies re-works them in an entirely, modern and grooveable way. This latest entry into the series finds a broad swath of the dance DJ community putting their spins, cuts and reverb on the classic vocals and songs of some jazz’s vocal standard bearers. In this mix are the works of Ella Fitzgerald, Astrud Gilberto, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Marlena Shaw, among others. Sure some folks may have an issue with the merging of these venerable singers and songs into backbeats and dance music, but the way in which the talented mixologists transform these works of art is an art in itself.

Click to listen to a clip of “Fly Me To The Moon”:

Tracks: Ella Fitzgerald – Too Darn Hot (RAC MIX),Astrud Gilberto – Fly Me To The Moon (KASKADE REMIX),Sarah Vaughan – Please Mr. Brown (PONTUS WINNBERG OF MIIKE SNOW REMIX), Nina Simone – Feeling Good (BASSNECTAR REMIX), Marlena Shaw – Women of the Ghetto (FLUME’S JACKIN HOUSE MIX),Nina Simone – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (ZEDS DEAD REMIX), Billie Holiday – My Man (TORO Y MOI REMIX), Astrud Gilberto and Walter Wanderley Trio – So Nice (AZARI & III REMIX), Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Jericho (C2C REMIX), Nina Simone – Put A Spell On You (PRETTY LIGHTS REMIX), Ella Fitzgerald – Blue Skies (MAYA JANE COLES REMIX), Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto – Corcovado (TOKiMONSTA REMIX), Dinah Washington – I’ve Got You Under My Skin (DJ CARNAGE AND VICTOR NIGLIO REMIX).