Def Jazz

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The '90s and early to mid-2000s saw quite a few projects that claimed to be fusing hip-hop and jazz. Most of them ended up being more hip-hop than jazz, although saxophonist Bill Evans as opposed to the late pianist was an impressive exception. When Evans featured various rappers in the '90s, he maintained an improviser's mentality and used MCs in much the same way he would have used a jazz singer -- he forced them to interact with a real, honest-to-God, spontaneity-minded band instead of simply giving them electronic tracks to rap over. This compilation doesn't unite jazz improvisers with a lot of rappers -- actually, most of the tunes are instrumental -- but it finds ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The '90s and early to mid-2000s saw quite a few projects that claimed to be fusing hip-hop and jazz. Most of them ended up being more hip-hop than jazz, although saxophonist Bill Evans as opposed to the late pianist was an impressive exception. When Evans featured various rappers in the '90s, he maintained an improviser's mentality and used MCs in much the same way he would have used a jazz singer -- he forced them to interact with a real, honest-to-God, spontaneity-minded band instead of simply giving them electronic tracks to rap over. This compilation doesn't unite jazz improvisers with a lot of rappers -- actually, most of the tunes are instrumental -- but it finds jazz improvisers paying tribute to hip-hop and, to a lesser degree, R&B with fairly creative results at times. Def Jazz isn't as consistent as it could have been; some of the tracks are routine, pedestrian smooth jazz. But the album's most interesting tracks are definitely worth talking about. "Hey, Young World," which features saxman Gerald Albright, is a real winner; the reggae-influenced gem was originally recorded by rapper Slick Rick in 1988 a few years before he went to prison, and on Def Jazz, it works enjoyably well as a pop-jazz instrumental. The same goes for performances of Method Man's "Bring the Pain" which features flutist Hubert Laws and Public Enemy's "Give It Up"; they aren't the first tunes one would expect jazz instrumentalists even pop-jazz instrumentalists to embrace, but Tony Joseph the project's producer demonstrates that hardcore rap tunes can, in fact, be reinvented as instrumental crossover jazz. Instrumental versions of LL Cool J's "Doin' It" and Foxy Brown's "Get U Home" aren't terribly memorable, but singer Oran "Juice" Jones has some inspired moments when he revisits his 1986 hit "The Rain" and provides the album's only urban
eo-soul vocal offering. Again, Def Jazz has its share of missteps, but the ups outnumber the downs and make this a CD that is generally worth exploring if you're the sort of eclectic listener who holds hip-hop and jazz in equally high regard.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 602498828779
  • Catalog Number: 000489002
  • Sales rank: 99,001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All I Need - Joey DeFrancesco (5:22)
  2. 2 Hey Young World (5:20)
  3. 3 Can I Get A... - Jeff Lorber (5:07)
  4. 4 Doin' It - Audra Bryant (5:36)
  5. 5 Bring the Pain (5:14)
  6. 6 The Rain (5:09)
  7. 7 Ghetto Jam - Rick Braun (5:37)
  8. 8 Get U Home - Ach (4:17)
  9. 9 Back Seat - Jeff Lorber (6:13)
  10. 10 Give It Up - Scott Mayo (5:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oran "Juice" Jones Vocals, Rap
Gerald Albright Saxophone
Roy Hargrove Trumpet
Hubert Laws Flute
Dwight Sills Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Jeff Lorber Piano, Moog Synthesizer, Vibes, Wurlitzer
Kevin Toney Moog Synthesizer, Vibes, Wurlitzer
Alex Al Electric Bass
Rick Braun Trumpet
Joey DeFrancesco Hammond Organ
Scott Mayo Saxophone
Kevin O'Neal Bass
Tony Joseph Percussion
Audra Bryant Vocals
Technical Credits
Kevin Toney String Arrangements
S. Barnes Composer
Bud Harner Executive Producer, Drum Fills
Scott Mayo Horn Arrangements, Saxophone Arrangement, Flute Arrangement
Louie Teran Mastering
M. Thomas Composer
Frank Morrison Illustrations
Ron Goldstein Executive Producer
Hollis King Art Direction
Tony Joseph Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, drum programming, Audio Production
Alvertis Isbell Composer
J.D. Horton Composer
A. Mays Composer
Audra Bryant Vocal Arrangements
Paul Litterall Horn Arrangements, Trumpet Arrangement
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Impressive

    If you're into hip-hop and R&B and you never really gave Jazz a chance then "Def Jazz" is for you and worth a try. The album compromises of previously released re-composed hip-hop and R&B tracks from artists like Slick Rick, LL Cool J, Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige just to name a few and fuse together to form a smooth, rich and exciting album. I love every track on the CD. So if you're thinking about purchasing "Def Jazz" go on ahead - it's worth it.

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