Connected to the Unexpected

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/1996
  • Label: Jvc / Xrcd
  • UPC: 693692001129
  • Catalog Number: 11
  • Sales rank: 238,618

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
Alan Yoshida Mastering
Misha Programming, Bass Arrangement, Percussion Programming
Harrison Funk Cover Photo
Will "Roc" Griffin drum programming, rhythm arrangement
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