Wednesday, April 10, 2013


"SOUNDS FROM THE VERVE HI-FI": The D.C. production duo and easygoing lounge mix team Thievery Corporation received the high honor of compiling Sounds From the Verve Hi-Fi, a collection of their favorite cuts originally appearing on the trendsetter jazz label of the '60s. Jazz at the Philharmonic fans read no farther; Thievery Corporation's respect for the label begins in the early '60s -- Jazz Samba Encore! is a major touchstone -- and focuses mostly on breezy Brazilian pop (Jobim, the Gilbertos, Walter Wanderley, Sergio Mendes) as well as acid jazz precursors like Wes Montgomery or Jackie & Roy. Still, this is more than just another new-generation hipster's Talkin' Verve compilation. Thievery Corporation are veteran DJs and obsessive record collectors, so they know how to put together a mix album, balancing a bare few well-known classics with a raft of unreleased gems. And yes, there are a lot of rarities: almost half of the tracks are seeing CD release for the first time (in America, that is), and the track listing includes comparatively obscure names like Kenyon Hopkins, the Jazz Renegades, and Wynton Kelly. One for the collectors and archivists, then; a great mix for laid-back afternoon drinking sessions, definitely not The Greatest Hits of Verve. (Allmusic)trax:
1. Menina Flor - Stan Getz & Luiz Bonfá 2. Chove Chuva - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 3. OGD (Road Song) - Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery 4. Hard Latin - Kenyon Hopkins 5. The Fakir - Cal Tjader W/ Lalo Schifrin 6. Something Else Again - Richie Havens 7. Light My Fire - Astrud Gilberto 8. Bala Com Bala - Elis Regina 9. Batucada - Walter Wanderley 10. Samba Triste - Jackie & Roy 11. Cuchy Frito Man - Cal Tjader 12. Lisa - Willie Bobo 13. For Mods Only - Chico Hamilton 14. Escapade - Wynton Kelly Trio 15. Do It The Hard Way - The Jazz Renegades
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