All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

341

Various Artists: What Is Hip? Remix Project Volume 1

Chris M. Slawecki By

Sign in to view read count
This is probably the release I had the most fun with—laughing alongside friends at parties, singing at the top of my lungs alone in the car with, fun—in 2004. Folks in or around their forties (such as yours truly, H.S. class of 1978) will find that this collection of classics Warner Bros. pop catalog, remaked/remodeled by the most modern of contemporary remixers and beatmasters, hits their sweet spots for new music and nostalgia.

Soft, trippy romanticism gently shimmers from the Tsuper Tsunami mix of "Summer Breeze" (Seals & Crofts) by executive producer Philip Steir and Ramin Sakurai, echoing the Isley Brothers' classic cover of this same song. It positively pours from Boozoo Bajou's (Peter Heider and Florian Sevberth) Georgia Dub of "Rainy Night in Georgia" (Tony Joe White—Brook Benton had the more familiar popular hit but it's White's composition), a tempered groove romantic and soft and dark and lush as a damp Georgia evening. White's gut-level vocal cuts through the music but remains part of the overall picture, like the howl of a distant, unseen freight train passing through the scenery of the night. Thick and steamy, this is so good I don't even remember the original and it's still my favorite piece here.

Assembled by Nightmares on Wax, "This Masquerade" (George Benson) presents another deliciously atmospheric production, full of darkened, stark piano chord drama and an exquisite break when the tape speed slows to a complete stop then cuts right back in, sounding like it must have dropped a beat somewhere though it does not.

The party starts from the opening track, "Listen to the Music" (Doobie Brothers) polished to a sparkle by DJ Malibu. The introduction is made to sound more dance-able, like something from Michael Jackson's Bad catalog (as opposed to Jackson's "lousy" catalog, a different story). Bass and drums into and out of the verse/chorus breaks are sharpened to toothsome grins, and Malibu's mid-song vocal/drum beatdown is transcendent, absolutely begs you to sing along, and could not have been written into the original because such breaks were not part of music's lexicon circa 1972.

For giggles, jump into the Euro-electro-club rhythm bed that Cuica folds underneath "Midnight at the Oasis" (Maria Muldaur) or bounce off the walls with the clattering spastic reggae "Whip It" (Devo) by executive producer Phillip Steir with Ramin Sakuri, so rhythmically perfect you wonder why you never heard this song done in this style before.

Miles did it with "My Funny Valentine." Benson did it with "This Masquerade," written and recorded first by Leon Russell. Updates of pop standards that create new classics while maintaining their ties to the familiar also reopen, in my mind, the question, "Is this jazz?"


Track Listing: Listen to the Music (Doobie Brothers); Summer Breeze (Tsuper Tsunami Remix) (Seals & Crofts); Ventura Highway (Deepsky's Blizzard in LA Remix) (America); Midnight at the Oasis (Maria Muldaur); Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? (Rod Stewart); Whip It (Devo); Rainy Night in Georgia (Boozoo Bajou's Georgia Dub) (Tony Joe White); Biggest Part of Me (Soul Houligan Remix) (Ambrosia); This Masquerade (N.O.W. Mix) (George Benson); Hello It's Me (Again Remix) (Todd Rundgren); What is Hip? (T.O.P.R.M.X.) (Tower of Power); Dream Weaver (Gary Wright); Lotta Love (The Lotta Nic Mix) (Nicolette Larson); Express Yourself (Mocean Worker Remix) (Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Personnel: Malibu; Phillip Steir & Ramin Sakuri; Deepsky; Cuica; Halou & Count; Phillip Steir & Ramin Sakuri; Boozoo Bajou; Soul Houligan; Nightmares on Wax with Jack Joseph Puig; Phillip Steir; Meat Beat Manifesto; Supreme Beings of Leisure; Nic Jodoin; Mocean Worker

Title: What Is Hip? Remix Project Volume 1 | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Warner Bros.

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Sleepers Wake

Sleepers Wake

Various Artists
Snowfall

Winter Waltz

Winter Waltz

Various Artists
Winter: An Origin Records...

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969 - 1984

J Jazz: Deep Modern...

Barely Breaking Even
2018

buy
We Out Here

We Out Here

Brownswood Recordings
2018

buy
Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & Best of the Rest

Stax Singles, Vol. 4:...

Concord Music Group
2018

buy
The Last Sense To Leave Us – A Tribute To Pauline Oliveros

The Last Sense To...

Rural Colours
2017

buy

Related Articles

Read Live CD/LP/Track Review
Live
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: April 21, 2018
Read Humanities CD/LP/Track Review
Humanities
by David A. Orthmann
Published: April 21, 2018
Read Wild Is The Wind CD/LP/Track Review
Wild Is The Wind
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 21, 2018
Read Fairytales CD/LP/Track Review
Fairytales
by Gareth Thompson
Published: April 21, 2018
Read Origins CD/LP/Track Review
Origins
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 20, 2018
Read Bright Force CD/LP/Track Review
Bright Force
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 20, 2018
Read "Ancient Agents" CD/LP/Track Review Ancient Agents
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 28, 2017
Read "Roll On" CD/LP/Track Review Roll On
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 25, 2017
Read "In The Past" CD/LP/Track Review In The Past
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 2, 2017
Read "Avant-Garde Party Music" CD/LP/Track Review Avant-Garde Party Music
by Mark Corroto
Published: October 26, 2017
Read "LifeCycle" CD/LP/Track Review LifeCycle
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 23, 2017
Read "Passin' Thru" CD/LP/Track Review Passin' Thru
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 29, 2017