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Battle of the Algos #2

Which of these mixes (see first post) inspired by "The Girl From Ipanema" is your favourite?

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Dec 28, 2020
New Zealand
Good morning all
I thought I'd have another look at the 'Station' algorithms of the various music services and compare the quality of their mixes. Although of course this is subjective I'll make this round 'blind' so that at least we're not affected by a bias towards one service or another. The services in the poll are Apple Music, a Plexamp Station, Plexamp Sonic Sage (ChatGPT driven), Qobuz, Roon, Spotify, Tidal and Youtube Music.

Everyone uses the services in different ways but I really enjoy mixes from different genre and the musical discovery that results. I'm guessing some would favour more familiar/popular tracks, and others might enjoy more of a smattering of deep cuts etc.

This week inspired by @shuppatsu we're going lounge and dipping into some Bossa Nova/Jazz generated by creating Stations from the track "The Girl From Ipanema" by Getz/Gilberto.

Here are the options for the poll

Mix 1
The Girl From Ipanema – Antonio Carlos Jobim
The Girl From Ipanema – Astrud Gilberto
One Note Samba (Life at Café Au Go-Go,1964) – The New Stan Getz Quartet, Astrud Gilberto
Desafinado – Joao Gilberto, Stan Getz
Chega de Saudade – Joao Gilberto
Triste – Elis Regina, Antonio Carlos Jobim
Desafinado – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Mais Que Nada – Sergio Mendes

Mix 2
Bossa Rocka – George Benson
Cherry – Harry James & His Orchestra
Here’s That Rainy Day – Astrud Gilberto & Walter Wanderley
The Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini
Over the Rainbow – Bodil Niska
I Need Somebody to Lean On – Elvis Presley
Giacomo’s Blues – Sting
How Deep Is The Ocean? – Ben Webster

Mix 3
Desifinado - Jazz Samba -Getz/Byrd
Take Five - Dave Brubeck Quartet
How High The Moon - Chet Baker
Can’t We Be Friends - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
They Say It’s Wonderful – John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
Autumn Leaves - Cannonball Adderley
Chitlin Con Carne - Kenny Burrell

Mix 4
Mais Que Nada – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ‘66
Wave – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Desperado – Diana Krall
Desafinando – Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd
Chega de Saudade – Joao Gilberto
Light my Fire – Ellaine Elias
Samba Triste – Baden Powell

Mix 5
Alone Together – Chet Baker
I’m An Old Cowhand – Sonny Rollins
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To – Art Pepper
Chant of the Cosmos – Shorty Rogers
A Handful of Stars – Serve Chaloff
Speak No Evil – Wayne Shorter
Old Hymn – Charlie Byrd
Search For The New Land – Lee Morgan

Mix 6
Take Five – The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Cheek to Cheek – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Desafinado (feat Antonio Carlos Jobim) – Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto
Desafinado – Nova
Idle Moments (Rudy Van Gender Edition) – Grant Green
In All Honesty, I Do – Nocturnal Spirits
Blue Moon – Billie Holiday
Just the Two of Us (Funky Version) – New York Jazz Lounge

Mix 7
At Last – Etta James
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Everybody’s Talkin’ – Harry Nilsson
Daydream – The Lovin’ Spoonful
I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
Sunny – Bobby Hebb
Misread – Kings of Convenience
You Never Can Tell – Chuck Berry

Mix 8
Cocktails for Two – Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster
But Not For Me – Chet Baker
Minha Palhoca – Baden Powell
Vagamente / Triste / Vivo Sonhando / Brigas Nunca Mais – Wanda Sa & Roberto Menescal
So Nice (Summer Samba) - Astrud Gilberto & Walter Wanderley
The Doo-Bop Song – Miles Davis
Mais Que Nada – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ‘66
Stairway to the Stars – Bill Evans & Jim Hall

Happy listening!
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