VARIOUS ARTISTS / Stevie Covers Mixtape #2

MP3 03 Stevie Covers Mixtape2.mp3 (81.24 MB)

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I really don’t have too much to say except for two notes that might not initially be obvious but that you will recognize as you delve into this Mixtape. First, the versions are jazz heavy and not just fusion or quiet storm format but real, charging, hard blowing straight ahead jazz. Jazz musicians tend to be interested as much, if not moreso, in the harmonic underpinnings of a composition rather than only melodic hooks. Stevie Wonder compositions are harmonically advanced, especially for popular music. Stevie’s music offers a cornucopia of sonic possibilities.

The second item of interest is that a number of Stevie’s renditions are taken from bootlegs and they are killing, especially the funkiest “I Was Made To Love Her” you might ever imagine. It’s a shame that there are not more official live recordings, especially from his golden age of the seventies.

So this is the second of eight Stevie covers Mixtapes that I’ve prepared. I don’t have any specific schedule in mind for dropping them. As the cliché goes: we’ll just play it by ear.

That’s it. Enjoy.

“Too High”
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01 Groove Factor – Filthy McNasty

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02 Kenny Davis – Kenny Davis

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03 Stevie Wonder – At The Close Of A Century

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04 Paul Bollenback – The ABC of Jazz

“I Was Made To Love Her”

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05 Stevie Wonder – At The Close Of A Century

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06 King Curtis – King Size Soul

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07 Jackie Wilson & Count Basie – Jackie Wilson & Count Basie

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08 Jazz Jamaica – Motorcity Roots

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09 Stevie Wonder – Live in Person (bootleg)


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10 Nnenna Freelon – Tales Of Wonder

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11 Bobby Broom – Modern Man

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12 Stevie Wonder – Live in London (bootleg)

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13 Trijntje Oosterhuls – For Once In My Life

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14 SFJazz Collective – Music of Stevie Wonder


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15 Marion Brown – Vista

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16 Stephane Belmondo – Wonderland

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17 Nnenna Freelon – Shaking Free

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18 Stevie Wonder – Funkafied Rainbow (bootleg)

—Kalamu ya Salaam

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2 Responses to “VARIOUS ARTISTS / Stevie Covers Mixtape #2”

Omar Ellis Says:
October 19th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

This is awesome. SF Jazz version of Superstition is super tough. Thanks much.

Martin Says:
October 23rd, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Wow amazing mix keep up the good work can’t wait for next Thanks

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