The artists on this CD represent the work of many giants of jazz including Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Archie Shepp, Ramsey Lewis, Cal Tjader and Betty Carter. Recordings of these artists span from the 1950’s through the 1990’s. There is no apparent central theme, nor any reason(s) discussed in the CD liner notes for the particular selection of the artists or their material for the recording project other than they ".... are the original versions of classic Verve recordings remixed by today’s finest DJs." Tunes such as "Manteca," "Sinnerman," "Brother Where Are You," and "Blues for Brother George Jackson," are interspersed with "Whatever Lola Wants," "Slap That Bass," and "Angel Eyes." Perhaps the material was selected strictly on the merits of its availability and adaptability to an enhanced electronic dance remix, or were simply tunes that appealed to the DJs involved in the remix/recording project.
Verve//Unmixed 2 is a collection that represents excellent recordings of very fine performances by a stellar cast of artists. On that note alone, this recording may be an appropriate addition to a jazz aficionado’s CD collection. Also, for the listener who desires to enlarge their familiarity with jazz from the last four decades, this recording may provide exposure to artists or tunes with which one may be unfamiliar. The music on Verve//Unmixed 2 is available elsewhere (as listed in the liner notes) on previously released recordings of these artists on the Verve label. Thus, there is nothing really new provided in this collection. Perhaps the leading interest in owning this CD would merely to be able to compare this "raw material" with the remixed versions on the Verve//Remixed 2 CD.