Verve Remixed 3

The third CD of the series continues its high standards of great source material from the Verve Records' vault, groovily remixed by some talented producers and DJs.

Perhaps the best track on the record features two layers of recontextualizing an earlier song. Sarah Vaughan's exuberant reworking of Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn" theme was recorded for her 1965 album Sarah Vaughan Sings the Mancini Songbook with special lyrics written by songwriters Ray Evans and Jay Livingston especially for her rendition. Flash forward 40 years, and new dance music artist Max Sedgley has created a big beat remix of Vaughan's version which represents yet another passing of the musical torch.

Another stellar track also serves as memorial as well as tribute. Organ master Jimmy Smith passed away back in February just as this remix CD was in production, so the rendition of Smith's 1968 big band stomper "Stay Loose" overseen by respected rapper Lyrics Born has a layer of fond farewell to a legendary figure in its energetic and anthemic grooves.

Louis Prima knew how to get people's feet shaking, and his song "Sing, Sing, Sing" is no exception. Anita O' Day does the vocals from her 1958 version, and Verve Remixed 3 had the fine Manchester production trio RSL manning the controls for the updating.

Additional source material comes from Blossom Dearie, Astrud Gilberto, Dinah Washington, Hugh Masekela, and two songs each featuring Nina Simone and Billie Holiday.

Chefs in the production kitchen include members of Brazilian Girls, Groove Armada and the indie pop group Postal Service, plus dance mixer RJD2 and Danger Mouse.

Stylish and cool, this is a great CD for both fans of jazz vocalists as well as for fans of great dance tracks, Verve Remixed 3 is, yet again, the life of the party.

Mike Sauter, WYEP Music Director