VARIOUS ARTISTS
Re-Bop: The Savoy Remixes

THE BASEMENT BOYS PRESENT MUDBOY JONES
The Basement Boys Present Mudboy Jones

[Savoy, www.savoyjazz.com]

Over the last decade or so, jazz has enjoyed a massive resurgence. This doesn't necessarily mean people are buying more jazz records. What it means is labels such as Verve, Blue Note and Savoy are opening up their vaults to producers to mess around with dusty master tapes. "Re-Bop" is latest in a long line of such experiments and to be honest, I'm not exactly sure what sort of effect this will have on the younger generation just getting acquainted with jazz. Will the youngsters think that all jazz is just tid-bits of sampled pieces of brass, funky rhythms and dance-like percussion? Will they fall for the gimmick of being tricked into believing older jazz of years gone by sounds like something you can dance to? Will they believe when being told by an adult figure in their life that jazz was actually played on acoustic instruments that didn't plug into a power outlet or will they simply take this session for what it is - a light-hearted, upgraded look into jazz music from the past done by producers of the present? Interesting points all around and I'm not sure that I have answers to any of these. Suffice it to say, this is a good re-mix project that features a hefty number of solid selections. From the acid funk beats of DJ Jazzy Jeff's mix of Duke Jordan's "Night in Tunisia", DJ Smash's Smashish's remix of Dizzy Gillespie's "Caravan" that sounds like it were taken straight from an Indian movie soundtrack, through to Ali Shaheed Muhammad's larger than life, blistering hip-hop remix of Curtis Fuller's "Five Spot After Dark", many of the mixes hold their own. The strongest contender to my ears is DJ Spooky's Ali Baba & 50 Thieves mix of Charlie Parker's standard "Koko". With its wicked, backhanded Parker samples swirling all around and percussion that is being twisted in new directions, it winds up putting an original twist on something that was a classic for generations.
Second offering is from the Mississippi bluesman, drummer Mudboy Jones who is mixed up by The Basement Boys. Though for the past few decades he played the drums for Murph and Magictones, The Rutles and The Thamesmen, he's never actually released a solo album proper. This is where Teddy Douglas of The Basement Boys comes in. While sitting next to Mudboy Jones on a flight to Japan, Teddy convinced Mudboy to come in for a studio session to record his debut solo release. The result is nothing short of astounding. This is an impure mixture of jazz, blues, d'n'b, soul, two-step and acid flavours that are so nicely mixed together, you'd think the two factions have been working together since beginning of time. The tracks are nicely arranged in such a way as to make a seamless whole. Blistering brass section, along with occasional snippets of Mudboy's voice and some hot keyboard playing and you've got yourself a damn blistering session. Let's not forget that heavy handed, multi-rhythmic percussion of Mudboy's. It's all over the damn map! While compilations such as these ones will come and go [with their usefulness being questioned], it's more pressing for the younger generation to go out and discover jazz on their own terms, without the help of remixers to aid them along.

- Tom Sekowski


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