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Blue Note Enters Remix Compilation Game

With all the remixes of classic Verve cuts being made these days, you knew it was only a matter of time before Blue Note gave DJs the keys to its vault to get a piece of the action, too. To be fair, Blue Note let DJ Madlib (pictured) dip into its catalog last year. The results are on Madlib’s Shades of Blue, which came out last summer. On the forthcoming Blue Note Revisited (due in stores on April 20), Madlib is just one of 13 remixers who cut up the old and turn it into something new. While Madlib reworks flutist Bobbi Humphrey’s “Young Warrior,” Berlin-based jazz-house collective Jazzanova takes on Eddie Gale’s “Song of Will” and electronic music pioneer Matthew Herbert blesses the proceedings with a twisted take on Michel Petrucciani’s version of “Caravan.” Other old-skool Blue Noters getting remixed include Wayne Shorter, Donald Byrd and Horace Silver.

Blue Note doesn’t want us to call these new pieces “remixes,” however.

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