Tuesday, November 16, 2004
taking a cover to a new level
Rewind 3- Original Classics Rewound (Ubiquity Records)
Jeremy Ellis- "Chameleon" MP3
I picked up a great double vinyl comp from Ubiquity titled "Rewind V.3". The album is a compilation of cover songs produced by modern day artists who recorded new versions of songs that inspired them. Everyone from Gil Scott Heron to the Monkees get a re-working by such producers and bands such as DJ Greyboy, Antibalas, and P'Taah. The track that stood out for me is Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon" because Jeremly Ellis did the unthinkable- he didnt just record a new version of the tune, he re-created it, note for note.
"Jeremy Ellis aka Ayro is mad or a genius, or possibly both. Who else would take it upon himself to reproduce the epic "Chameleon" by Herbie Hancock note for note, drum fill for drum fill, every phrase and sound - that's what he did on the Rewind 12", the version featured here is edited down to 8 minutes to allow for a few more tracks to squeeze on the comp! Ex-Detroit buddy Recloose said, "It's unreal how spot on this is! What a feat!" Why do it? Why not! If Frank De Jojo can do "Turn Off The Lights" and 4Hero "Les Fleurs" why shouldn't the talented keyboard player and programmer from the Motor City show he's got the patience and the chops?…"
Buy this record or cd here: Ubiquity Records