Various Artists - Blue Note Re:imaginedDecca Records
Legendary labels Decca Records and Blue Note team up for the brilliant compilation "Blue Note Re:imagined". A collection of some of the Uk's young musical phenoms to provide alternate takes on some of the labels most treasured recordings. Let's start with Ppppy Ajudha's cover of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man". Ajudha's vocal and arranging skills totally transform the tune. From the ethereal wordless phrasings to combustive jazz fusion rhythms, Ajudha takes the listener to the edge of their imagination. "A Shade Of Jade" finds Nubya Garcia channeling the spirit of Joe Henderson's "Mode For Joe". Garcia's arrangements swing from 60s hard bop to infectious hip-hop beats and head nodding grooves. Trumpeter Emma Jean Thackery is a rising star with multiple projects worth checking out. She transforms Wayne Shorter's "Speak No Evil" into an uptempo jazz funk banger. Jordan Rakei's honey toned falsetto vocals are tailor made for Donald Byrd's timeless jazz funk gem "Wind Parade". With sixteen tracks there's a ton of covers to savor here and other artists you need to get to know better. The musicians here maintain the spirit of the original recordings while bringing fresh ideas to the table. Without a doubt you need this in your collection.
Reg Dancy, 01/21