Buckshot LeFonque

Buckshot LeFonque

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Lots of records are touted as breakthroughs by the hype machines and spinmasters, but this one really is -- a marvelously playful and, above all, musical fusion of the old jazz verities and newer currents swirling around the 1990s. "Buckshot LeFonque" was a pseudonym for Cannonball Adderley in theSee more details below

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Lots of records are touted as breakthroughs by the hype machines and spinmasters, but this one really is -- a marvelously playful and, above all, musical fusion of the old jazz verities and newer currents swirling around the 1990s. "Buckshot LeFonque" was a pseudonym for Cannonball Adderley in the 1950s, and you'll squint long and hard trying to find Branford's name on the jacket and cover except for the tiny note, "Produced by B. Marsalis." Maybe he was hedging his bets against the expected (and received) flak from the jazz purists, but the reality is that he has found a brilliant way to fuse hip-hop rhythms with mainstream jazz licks without compromising either idiom. The best number is a lovely setting of Maya Angelou's poem I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, with absolutely gorgeous soprano by Marsalis, some great Miles-tinged muted trumpet from Roy Hargrove, and Angelou reciting her words against the big electronic backbeat. The free-thinking Branford also injects real funk into Elton John's "Mona Lisas (And Mad Hatters)"; throws in a little reggae, rap, and lots of sampling; gets down and dirty with Kevin Eubanks' slide guitar on the truckin' cut "Some Cow Fonque"; and unifies most of the package with a couple of recurring, catchy riffs and touches of horseplay. The only misfire is a totally incongruous, totally dull soul ballad called "Ain't It Funny" (sung by Tammy Townsend) that sounds as if someone suddenly switched CDs on your changer. Nevertheless, regardless of what the neo-boppers might say, this is a more imaginative record than any of Branford's estimable straight jazz projects -- and a lot more fun.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/1994
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074645732329
catalogNumber:
57323

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Tracks

  1. Ladies and Gentlemen, Presenting...  - Branford Marsalis
  2. The Blackwidow Blues  - Delfeayo Marsalis
  3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  - Branford Marsalis
  4. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters  -  Fikre Asmamaw
  5. Wonders and Signs  -  Blackheart
  6. Ain't It Funny  - Charles Morris
  7. Some Cow Fonique (More Tea, Vigar?)  - Dar Jones
  8. Some Shit @ 78 BPM (The Scr tch Opera)  - Branford Marsalis
  9. Hotter Than Hot  -  Blackheart
  10. Breakfast @ at Denny's  - Branford Marsalis
  11. Shoot the Piano Player  - Delfeayo Marsalis
  12. No Pain, No Gain  - Rob "Wacko" Hunter
  13. Sorry, Elton  - Delfeayo Marsalis
  14. ...And We Out  - Branford Marsalis
  15. Breatfast at Denny's  -  Buckshot LeFonque

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buckshot LeFonque   Primary Artist
Nils Lofgren   Acoustic Guitar
Albert Collins   Acoustic Guitar
Roy Hargrove   Trumpet
Kenny Kirkland   Piano,Keyboards
Robert Hurst   Bass,Track Performer,Acoustic Bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts   Drums
Maya Angelou   Vocals
David Barry   Acoustic Guitar
Mino Cinelu   Percussion
DJ Premier   scratching,Drums
Kim Edwards-Brown   Background Vocals
Kevin Eubanks   Acoustic Guitar,Slide Guitar,Soloist
Matt Finders   Trombone
Chuck Findley   Trombone,Trumpet
Ray Fuller   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Bobette Jamison-Harrison   Background Vocals
Darryl Jones   Bass,Electric Bass
Larry Kimpel   Bass
Branford Marsalis   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Delfeayo Marsalis   Piano,Trombone
Frank McComb   Vocals
Charles Morris   Drums
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards,Moog Bass
Vicki Randle   Percussion
Victor Wooten   Electric Bass
Marsalis   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Uptown   Vocals
Rob "Wacko" Hunter   Drums
Peter Hunstein   Sampling
Benjamin Austin   Sampling
Serlewowgel Solomon   Vocals,Background Vocals,Amharic
Alexander Assefa   Vocals,Background Vocals,Amharic
Fikre Asmamaw   Vocals,Background Vocals,Amharic
Blackheart   Vocals
Dar Jones   Track Performer
Chuck Morris   Drums

Technical Credits

Steven Berkowitz   Executive Producer
DJ Premier   Programming,Producer,drum programming,beats
Clare Fischer   String Arrangements
Kim Green   Cover Design,Cover Art
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
Branford Marsalis   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Delfeayo Marsalis   Liner Notes
Patrick Smith   Engineer
Victor Wooten   Composer
Arnold Levine   Art Direction
Rob "Wacko" Hunter   Engineer
Ann Marie Wilkins   Management
Bernie Brundman   Mastering
Chris E. Martin   Composer
Blackheart   Programming,Producer

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