Various Artists

Strange Brew: Weird & Wonderful Covers From the Atlantic & Warner Vaults

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Much of what's so great about the soul-jazz of the late 1960s and 1970s is the jazz community's embrace of contemporary pop and rock & roll -- purists blanched, of course, but a new generation of musicians recognized the potential in the melodies and rhythms that dominated AM radio, setting out to reinvent these songs by seizing and expanding their undeniable groove. Strange Brew: Weird & Wonderful Covers From the Atlantic & Warner Vaults collects some of the most imaginative and unexpected renditions to emerge from the WEA roster -- the unfortunate subtitle may suggest the material boasts little more than novelty value, but to the contrary, much of it is genuinely compelling, not to mention genuinely funky. If there's a common modus operandi at work here, it's maintaining just enough trace elements of the original to keep a given song familiar, but twisting and stretching it far enough to create something fresh and new -- highlights include Rahsaan Roland Kirk's "My Girl," Ananda Shankar's "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and Jack McDuff's "Blowin' in the Wind."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:29 Amazon
2 04:07
3 03:37
4 02:56
5
02:30
6 03:49
7 02:42
8 03:44
9 04:19
10 04:16
11 03:55
12 02:39 Amazon
13 03:33
14 03:55
15 05:43
16 03:03
17 02:56 Amazon
18 02:21
19 02:38
20 05:53
21 04:27
22 03:40
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