VARIOUS ARTISTS / “Jimi Hendrix Covers Mixtape”
Yall know who Jimi Hendrix is. Even if you’re not deep into his music, I’m sure you recognize that he is one of the defining creative forces of 20th century musical culture. This Mixtape focuses on Jimi’s contributions as a composer. I guarantee you have never heard all of this music before. Guaranteed! I started this project on a lark, wasn’t really panning to do it but checking out one cover led to another and then to the magic moment when I said to myself: hey, why not put together a bunch of covers. And then I got deeper because I didn’t want to have pieces that were guitar-heavy, rock-oriented covers. And then I spent over a week seeking and searching. My biggest surprise was the international reach of Jimi’s music. After gathering a healthy selection of tracks, I spent another four or five days putting the playlist together. This is not a “greatest hits” program, nor is it “my favorite Jimi,” instead I searched for rare and lesser known tracks by Jimi along with innovative interpretations of his music. Needless to mention, some of this music is not available commercially but then that’s part of BoL’s purpose: share the music with the world. Even if you don’t dig Jimi in particular, I know this music will get to you. Just listen. Don’t bring any preconceptions. Just lay back and listen. So here goes: Jimi Hendrix Cover Mixtape Playlist “Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)” 01 The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland 02 Clas Yngström's Big Band – Purple Haze 03 Jean-Paul Bourelly - Tribute To Jimi Clas Yngstrom is a Swedish blues musician who usually works in a trio format but who assembled a big band for this Jimi Hendrix tribute. Jean-Paul Bourelly is a guitarist of Haitian heritage based in New York. “Purple Haze” 04 Nguyen Le - Purple 05 Art Ensemble Of Chicago - Ancient to the Future 06 Jimi Hendrix - Live in Paris 29.01.68 Nguyen Le is a Paris-born guitarist and composer of Vietnamese heritage. The Art Ensemble Of Chicago is one of the premier avant garde jazz groups. “Little Wing” 07 Clas Yngström's Big Band – Purple Haze 08 World Saxophone Quartet - Experience 09 Defunkt - A Blues Tribute: Jimi Hendrix and Muddy Waters 10 Jimi Hendrix - Royal Albert Hall 1969 The World Saxophone Quartet is a jazz ensemble that is both a mainstay and a trendsetter. Defunkt is a jazz fusion outfit led by trombonist Joseph Bowie. This recording features Jean-Paul Bourelly on guitar and vocalist Kelli Sae. “Castles Made Of Sand” 11 The Gil Evans Orchestra - Plays The Music Of Jimi Hendrix 12 Chaka Khan - Funk This 13 Doug Wamble - Uniquely Marsalis - EP 14 Tuck & Patti - The Best Of Gil Evans is a celebrated Canadian jazz arranger and conductor noted for his work with Miles Davis. Chaka Khan is, well, she’s Chaka Khan. Doug Wamble is a neo-blues artist. His track is from a sampler on the Marsalis Music label available from iTunes. Guitarist Tuck Andress and vocalist Patti Cathcart are a duo who specialize in jazz, standards and interpretations of popular music. “The Wind Cries Mary” 15 Triad - Three Pianos For Jimi 16 World Saxophone Quartet - Experience 17 Jimi Hendrix - Stages: Stockholm '67 [Live] 18 Caron Wheeler - Beach of the War Goddess Triad is a piano trio comprised of jazz pianist Geri Allen and brothers Mark and Scott Batson. Caron Wheeler is a British vocalist renown for her work with Soul II Soul. “1983 (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)” 19 Nguyen Le - Purple 20 Triad - Three Pianos For Jimi 21 Jimi Hendrix - By Himself: Personal Home Recordings “Voodoo Chile” 22 Susheela Raman – 33 1/3 23 Angelique Kidjo - Oremi 24 Nguyen Le - Purple 25 The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Live At Berkeley Susheela Raman is a London born, Tamil vocalist and song writer. Angelique Kidjo is a vocalist from Benin, West Africa. Now, play it again! —Kalamu ya Salaam
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