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Saturday 5 December 2009

Havana Club Mix

As I have mentioned here before I have absolutely no time for jazz unless it has been - I was going to say "jazzed up" but that would be completely wrong, so I suppose "jazzed down" must be the phrase I am looking for. Basically I can only bear to listen to it if it is mixed in with something I like.

I particularly like the South African jazz that draws on traditional musical styles, and I will be featuring some of that tomorrow. In the meantime here is another example drawing on a different musical tradition. From Cuba, this is Los Van Van with a salsa-fied versaion of "Lullaby of Birdland".

"Timpop Con Birdland" - Los Van Van

Los Van Van took a jazz standard and made it better. It is, however, possible to take a jazz standard and make it even worse.

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