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Various Artists: Re:Jazz Re:Mix

The compilation [re:jazz] (re:mix) (Kriztal) is the result of a cat-and-mouse game initiated by the Ifracom label. Last year, Infracom curated material from its 10-year-deep catalog for [re:jazz], which converted electronica tunes into organic jazz. On [re:jazz] (remix) those same tunes are reincarnated once again, as electronica. It’s a high-minded gambit that doesn’t always work, such as with Jazztronik’s remix of “Cupid & Orlando,” which limps along aimlessly, and Yukihiro Fukutomi’s take on “Second Sight,” which starts off with misty piano flourishes but never evolves into anything memorable. But things fare better with the Society’s lovely “La Mouche Lumiere,” which is filled with enchanting piano, alluring French spoken word and spectral strings, and with Bugge Wesseltoft’s Spanish-tinged “Arena,” where he recasts the song as a Keith Jarrett-inspired piano-trio outing embellished with electronica swirls. No surefire hits pop out, but Les Gammas’ energetic 2-step makeover of “People Come Running,” featuring a nice flugelhorn solo from Till Bronner, as well as Frost & Wagner’s dubbed-out “Torch of Freedom” and Nicola Conte’s samba-fied “Quiet Nights” will get the masses moving.

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