Connected to the Unexpected

Connected to the Unexpected

by Misha
     
 

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The arrival of Misha's explosive JVC debut, Connected to the Unexpected, both clarifies and secures the future of the ever-expanding realm where urban-flavored modern hip-hop meets contemporary jazz. More than just a clever twist of phrase, the album title plugs into the keyboardist's ultra-inventive approach in fusing the various

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The arrival of Misha's explosive JVC debut, Connected to the Unexpected, both clarifies and secures the future of the ever-expanding realm where urban-flavored modern hip-hop meets contemporary jazz. More than just a clever twist of phrase, the album title plugs into the keyboardist's ultra-inventive approach in fusing the various elements of his professional background -- traditional and modern jazz, rock, pop, and orchestral music -- with an aggressive, rap-spiced street vibe, topping off the infectious blend with stylistic homages to rhythms from around the globe. Connected to the Unexpected leads the Emmy award-winning composer, arranger, and producer down a more adventurous yet ultimately more focused road than Zambooka, his debut as an artist in 1992. While younger fans looking for that new sound will no doubt find those grooves just the ticket, Misha also forges numerous links to the jazz masters he admired in his formative years. Behind the furious blend of jazzy piano, serious hip-hop, and Ron Bloom's rapping on "1 and the 9" lies a big-band style homage to Duke Ellington, complete with a three-piece horn section (Greg Adams, trumpet; Gary Herbig, sax; Ira Nepus, trombone). On "Smooth," achieving a cool synthesis of electric soul and percussive jazz gives Misha an opportunity to touch on the influential moods of Ahmad Jamal. And the closing track features Misha's very plugged-in, very '90s take on Glenn Miller's standard "Moonlight Serenade." One of Misha's most striking "now" ideas is balancing his harmonic jazz piano and horn fusion with colorful rapping and singing (often on the same cut) by Ron Bloom and Angela Carole Brown. Brown turns the hypnotic, African-tinged "Si Kuku Ni Ta Kuja" (A Great Day Is Coming) into an inspirational message, and takes "Smooth" to a new level in rhythm and jazz seduction. Bloom's cool vocalizations help Misha traverse a variety of urban landscapes, from the city-to-city subway ride of "1 and the 9" to the Lenny Bruce coffeehouse generation of "Poet in the Trash Can." Carrying the global motif even further is "Donde Estan Mis Zapatos?" (Where Are My Shoes?), Misha's playful ode to classic Latin dancehall excitement.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/1996
Label:
Jvc / Xrcd
UPC:
0693692001129
catalogNumber:
11

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Misha   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Drums
Brian Bromberg   Electric Bass
Misha Segal   Synthesizer,Piano,Drums
Ron Bloom   Vocals
Gary Herbig   Tenor Saxophone
Armand Sabal-Lecco   Electric Bass
Ira Nepus   Trombone
Ramon Stagnaro   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Greg Adams   Trumpet
Tommy Organ   Electric Guitar
Will "Roc" Griffin   Organ,Bass
Rosa   Vocals
Angela Carole Brown   Vocals

Technical Credits

Misha Segal   Programming,Producer,drum programming,rhythm arrangement
Demetric Collins   rhythm arrangement
Don Murray   Engineer
Jorge Patrono   Programming,rhythm arrangement
Akira Taguchi   Producer
Misha   Programming,Bass Arrangement,Percussion Programming
Harrison Funk   Cover Photo
Will "Roc" Griffin   drum programming,rhythm arrangement

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