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Music On Vinyl

Guru - Jazzmatazz

$39.00

Music On Vinyl

Guru - Jazzmatazz

$39.00

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A TAV Curator's Pick.

Guru's Jazzmatazz, originally released in 1993, is one of the first albums to combine a live jazz band with hip hop production and rapping.

Guru had a vision and brought together a diverse group of jazz cats both old and new school; Lonnie Liston Smith, Branford Marsalis, Ronny Jordan (check out his solo on the track "No Time To Play"), Donald Byrd and Roy Ayers and vocalists like Carleen Anderson, N'Dea Davenport (of the Brand New Heavies) and French rapper MC Solaar have cooperated on this classic album.

Jazzmatazz proved to be a highly influential album and a huge commercial success.

“After rhyming over Premier's doctored jazz beats in Gang Starr, Guru decided to take it to the next level, employing the talents of actual jazz musicians to create the grooves over which he would flow. Coming off like a jazzier extension of the Brand New Heavies' Heavy Rhyme Experience: Vol. 1, Jazzmatazz brought together a diverse group of jazz cats both old-school and new, including Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, Lonnie Liston Smith, Ronny Jordan, and Courtney Pine. G

Guru even enlisted the serene pipes of Carleen Anderson and N'Dea Davenport and acted as something of an international hip-hop ambassador when he flipped "Le Bien, Le Mal" with French mic pro MC Solaar.

From the Blue Note-style cover art to the hepcat spoken-word intro, this package is pure hip-hop jazz music. Jazz purists may wish to note that the grooves lean heavily toward the funkier 1970s era of jazz, and hardcore hip-hop heads may be turned off by the mellower musical stance. But then again, this is neither pure jazz nor hardcore hip-hop but rather an extension of the two.”  - Spence Abbott

 

Item description:        

Artist:

Guru

Title:

Jazzmatazz

Label:

Music On Vinyl

Format:

Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180g

Pressing:

Europe

Release Date:

This reissue: 2014 | Original - 1993

Genre:

Hip Hop

Style:

Jazzy Hip-Hop, Acid Jazz

Catalog No:

MOVLP1111

Condition:

New