Saturday, March 31, 2012

Electro Jazz -- Fresh Fred

Back in Japan, where I developed my taste in jazz, I was in the Shinjuku Tower Records when I came across this album which specialized in this fusion subgenre known as Electro Jazz...basically taking all those chestnuts from the 30s and 40s and adding a modern DJ's touch to it. Results vary, but I always kept going to Club Des Belugas' treatment of Fred Astaire's take on "Puttin' On The Ritz"....just one of the most fun 3-4 minutes I ever had with my headphones.

Then I came across the video on YouTube, and I couldn't believe it but Fred looked even cooler with some of the added digital touches. Always one of my touchstones on YouTube if I'm not feeling all that happy.