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Quincy Jones/Bill Cosby: The New Mixes, Volume 1

Bill Cosby and Quincy Jones

The New Mixes Vol. I is an intriguing remix project based on the newly reissued album Quincy Jones & Bill Cosby: The Original Jam Sessions 1969 (both on Concord). The remixes sort of pick up where the Dream Warriors left off in 1990 with their daffy hip-hop hit “My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style,” which sampled Quincy Jones’ kitschy “Soul Bossa Nova.” Much has changed in the DJ culture since then, but spin The New Mixes a few times and you’ll realize some things remain the same.

A bulk of these remixes can be mistaken for anonymous, early ’90s acid-jazz sides. From the fat, swarming Hammond B3 organ, percolating rhythm guitar and boom-bap kick drums on Mario Caldato Jr.’s “Jimmy’s Theme” to the retro-futuristic glitches, popping percussion and French chanteuse on Cornershop’s “Valeurs Personelles,” there’s an old-school hip-hop feel that many would argue sounds dated. That might be the case on some cuts, but the upside is that the remixers are applying hip-hop techniques drawn from its “Golden Age,” when the genre was rapidly absorbing a multitude of sonic information and reconfiguring it into brilliant collages.

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