Blue Note Revisited - Various - Blue Note Revisited - Various

2006-03-29 19:02

Jazz is about experimentation and risk - like language, it survives by changing. That's all well and good, but do we really need another album of remixed tracks by illustrious big name DJs, or do the record companies just need the money?

Jazz purists (in case you've never heard of them, they compare unfavourably to meat-eating vegetarians) Would say "no." Leave our classics alone! But rules like that don't work with music.

It's not what it is, it's what you do with it that really matters. Top original jazz artists like Wayne Shorter (Weather Report founder), pianist Horace Silver and big name DJ/Composer/Producers like Herbert (Bodily Functions), Jazzanova and JDilla, give the project serious cred. Overall, an original and intriguing mix of old and new talent.

But at times, many of the jazz tracks sound both a bit washed out, even slightly sinister for being remixed - like Herbert's take on Michel Perucciani's "Caravan", with strange telephone ring sounds. It's a bit like they've been pushed through an "electroniciser" and come out the other end dressed to appeal to the lounge bar trendy set. What's under the clever new designer outfit though?

Most tracks sound, for want of a better word, "chilly". Their effect is dispassionately saddening. Perhaps this project will appeal to the audience who bought the Verve remix series, or who listen to their music only in the background but demand a lot of it anyhow. It's skillfully and tastefully done stuff. It's a very trendy CD to have lying around. But perhaps there's such a thing as too cool... Even when it comes to jazz?

- Jean Barker


"...any type of experiment that reaches out to a larger public should be warmly embraced. Projects like Blue Note Revisited may lead younger people back to classic jazz, as well as generating a new type of music that is enjoyable and worthwhile."
- David Howell for

"The sun is out today in East London and some pals are playing football in the park outside my flat but I'd rather crawl over broken glass than turn this off."
- Oliver Scott for

There's a saying: "It's close enough for Jazz". Which means "Not perfect, but nobody's going to know the difference." This isn't always true, sometimes we do know. And this complilation is definitely good quality.

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