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Various Artists: Verve Remixed

I don’t think there’s ever been an electronica album that features this many stone-cold jazz legends. Such is the benefit of having Verve greenlight this project in-house instead of licensing tracks willy-nilly to a hodge-podge of outside albums. CD producers Dahlia Ambach Caplin and Jason Olaine also had the smarts to encourage the remixers to take on tunes like “Strange Fruit” rather than the standard fodder of ’60s and ’70s soul-jazz.

But the appeal of Verve/Remixed has less to do with the music-though some of these reinterpretations of classic jazz are musically excellent-and more to do with the surprise of hearing timeless voices like Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Dinah Washington, Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, Sarah Vaughan, Astrud Gilberto and, especially, Billie Holiday in modern-day contexts.

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