The Sugar Free Jazz
remixes, all by Omni Trio
, Mad Professor
, and Dougie Digital
, are unexpectedly tired, uninteresting cuts, with the exception of "Molasses Dub." Here, Mad Professor
manages to rise above the mundane by tossing a reggae backbeat and steady groove into the existing jazz-laced, avant-garde brew. The other jungle dub/techno takes on the title cut fare poorly, proving that dance-oriented remixes aren't suited for just any song. Track five, the album version of "Sugar Free Jazz," stands as the most appealing cut on the disc, followed by a live rendition of the neo-beatnik "Screenwriter's Blues." Originally released on the band's 1994 debut, Ruby Vroom
, this groovy cut of "Blues" was recorded during a May 2, 1995 performance for KCRW-FM's "Morning Becomes Eclectic." It features segments that were worked into "The Brooklynites," a composition found only on the Blue in the Face film soundtrack.