Droppin' Science: Greatest Samples from the Blue Note Lab

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
On first glance, Droppin' Science: Greatest Samples from the Blue Note Lab looks like a sampler of the four-volume Blue Break Beats series. Released throughout the '90s, Blue Break Beats trawled through the Blue Note (and Capitol) catalog for funkier cuts released throughout the '60s and '70s, almost all of which had been sampled by significant hip-hop producers -- cuts like Gene Harris & the Three Sounds' "Put on Train" (Beastie Boys' "What Comes Around"), Eddie Henderson's "Inside You" (Souls of Mischief's "Tell Me Who Profits"), and Bobby Hutcherson's "Ummh" (Ice Cube's "Ghetto Bird"). Any rap fan who used Blue Break Beats as a side door into jazz will recognize ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
On first glance, Droppin' Science: Greatest Samples from the Blue Note Lab looks like a sampler of the four-volume Blue Break Beats series. Released throughout the '90s, Blue Break Beats trawled through the Blue Note (and Capitol) catalog for funkier cuts released throughout the '60s and '70s, almost all of which had been sampled by significant hip-hop producers -- cuts like Gene Harris & the Three Sounds' "Put on Train" (Beastie Boys' "What Comes Around"), Eddie Henderson's "Inside You" (Souls of Mischief's "Tell Me Who Profits"), and Bobby Hutcherson's "Ummh" (Ice Cube's "Ghetto Bird"). Any rap fan who used Blue Break Beats as a side door into jazz will recognize Ronnie Foster's "Mystic Brew" (which gave A Tribe Called Quest's "Electric Relaxation" its mellow but stimulating foundation) and Lou Donaldson's "It's Your Thing" (Idris Muhammad's drums and Melvin Sparks' guitar were repurposed for Brand Nubian's furious "Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down"), as well as a few others, but half of the disc's inclusions didn't appear in the series. It's not like they're scraps, either: Donald Byrd's "Think Twice" (covered by J Dilla in 2001, the original's 1:46 through 1:52 [roughly] were also immortalized a decade prior on Main Source's "Looking at the Front Door"), David McCallum's David Axelrod-written-and-produced "The Edge" (Dr. Dre's "The Next Episode"), Brother Jack McDuff's "Oblighetto" (remixed by Dilla and sampled for A Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario"), and two others. Even without considering the purpose behind the compilation, it's a set of soul-jazz and jazz-funk as durable as any other. The liner notes, penned by ?uestlove, feature the Roots drummer's typical off-the-cuff mix of deep knowledge and humor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2008
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • EAN: 5099951440213
  • Catalog Number: 14401
  • Sales rank: 54,811

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Your Thing - Lou Donaldson (9:00)
  2. 2 Mystic Brew (4:09)
  3. 3 Think Twice - Donald Byrd (6:11)
  4. 4 The Edge (2:55)
  5. 5 Oblighetto - Jack McDuff (6:35)
  6. 6 Get out of My Life, Woman - Joe Williams (3:22)
  7. 7 Down Here on the Ground - Grant Green (6:43)
  8. 8 Spinnin' Wheel - Lonnie Liston Smith (7:33)
  9. 9 Howling for Judy (4:38)
  10. 10 Who's Makin' Love (To Your Old Lady) - Lou Donaldson (6:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pepper Adams Bass
Gary Bartz Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Bill Berry Trumpet
Bob Brookmeyer Trombone
Ronnie Cuber Bass
Richard Davis Bass, Electric Bass
Charles Earland Organ
Ronnie Foster Organ
Eddie Gomez Bass
Grant Green Guitar
Thad Jones Flugelhorn
Mel Lewis Drums
Jerome Richardson Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Lonnie Liston Smith Organ
Jeremy Steig Flute
Joe Williams Vocals
Chuck Rainey Electric Bass
Joe Dukes Drums
Dave Hubbard Tenor Saxophone
David T. Walker Guitar
Jean DuShon Vocals
David McCallum Vocals
Melvin Sparks Guitar
Don Alias Percussion
George Duvivier Bass
Claude Bartee Jr. Tenor Saxophone
Gene Bertoncini Guitar
Gene Bianco Harp
Garnett Brown Trombone
Donald Byrd Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
James Carter Human Whistle
Neal Creque Organ
Eddie Daniels Tenor Saxophone
George Devens Vibes, Shaker, cowbell, Cabasa
Lou Donaldson Alto Saxophone
Gordon Edwards Electric Bass
Margie Evans Background Vocals
Joe Farrell Tenor Saxophone
Roland Hanna Piano
Cliff Heather Bass Trombone
Sam Herman Guitar
Idris Muhammad Drums
Harvey Mason Sr. Harmonica, Drums, Bata Drums
Jack McDuff Organ
Larry McGee Guitar
Tom McIntosh Trombone
Larry Mizell Synthesizer, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Freddie Perren Synthesizer, Background Vocals
Jerry Peters Organ, Piano
Stephanie Spruill Percussion, Background Vocals
Eddie Williams Trumpet
Snooky Young Trumpet
Jerry Byrd Guitar
Jimmy Johnson Jr. Drums
Joseph Armstrong Conga
Mayuto Correa Conga
Roger Sainte Percussion
William Bivens Vibes
Kay Haith Vocals
Arthur Jenkins Jr. Conga
Lorraine Kennar Background Vocals
Jerry Dodgion Alto Saxophone
Bill Phillips Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Richard William Trumpet
Technical Credits
Ronnie Foster Composer
Thad Jones Arranger
Jeremy Steig Composer
David Axelrod Producer
Dr. George Butler Producer
Ronald Isley Composer
Alfred Lion Producer
Jack McDuff Composer, Producer
Larry Mizell Producer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Francis Wolff Producer
Carla Leighton Art Direction
?uestlove Liner Notes
Eli Wolf Producer
Jeff Jank Cover Design
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