Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox upended all conventional wisdom about pop music and jazz with their debut album, which contains many of the collective's early viral video smash hits. Although the idea of hearing artists like Ke$ha and Macklemore reimagined as their 1920s hot jazz counterparts might sound odd at first exposure, the alchemy of old and new as presented by PMJ is so well-executed and so fresh that any sense of irony is quickly forgotten. Vocalists Robyn Adele Anderson, Miche Braden, and Puddles Pity Party imbue the piano-driven arrangements with passion and panache, and special guest doo wop group, The Tee Tones add an authentic warmth to "We Can't Stop" and "Timber" that makes those tracks sound like lost recordings from Hitsville, USA.
Must-Have tracks: The incredibly catchy viral smash "We Can't Stop", The New Orleans flavored take on "Sweet Child O' Mine", Puddles' somber take on Lorde's "Royals".
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Our first album of 2017 takes some of the biggest hits of the '80s, '90s, and 2000s through an eclectic mix of inspired vintage styles, captured at the historic PMJ Manor. Some of the featured artists included are Melinda Doolittle, Sara Niemietz, Robyn Adele Anderson, Blake Lewis, and Mayre Martinez - plus many others!
The second Postmodern Jukebox album sees the group expanding their roster of talent and tonal palette, while maintaining the connection to current pop culture. From the gloriously decadent 1920's arrangement of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" to the Piaf-influenced string chart on "Sweater Weather", Bradlee's collective continue to spin gold from modern-day chart toppers, and the debuts of Cristina Gatti, Ashley Stroud, and Kiah Victoria add three distinctive and singular voices to the mix.
Must-Have tracks: A genre-shifting version of "Careless Whisper", sung by Robyn Adele Anderson, featuring special guest saxophonist Dave Koz, the '60s girl group remake of Ellie Goulding's "Burn", the Gatsby-party-ready spin on "Fancy".
One of Postmodern Jukebox's top sellers, Emoji Antique contains Haley Reinhart's smash hit, "Creep", along with the Andrews Sisters-inspired cast version of "All About That Bass"- two chart-topping tracks recorded in Switzerland during the group's second European tour. Bradlee's arrangements pay tribute to the beginnings of PMJ in 1920s jazz remakes of "Gangsta's Paradise" and "Bad Romance" (the latter which introduces tap dance sensation Sarah Reich, now one of the group's most popular performers), while hinting at future evolution in tracks like the Orbison-esque "Only One" and the stripped-down piano ballad with Morgan James, "Take Me To Church". Reinhart's vocal on "Creep" gave the collective its big hit; with 20 million views on YouTube as of mid-2016 and a near-permanent fixture on the Billboard Jazz Charts, it remains the entry point by which many music lovers stumble upon the Postmodern Jukebox universe.
Must-Have Tracks: "Creep", "All About That Bass", The Jackson 5-inspired take on "Such Great Heights", Maiya Sykes' debut on a New Orleans-flavored "I Believe In A Thing Called Love".