Hand on the Torch

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All Music Guide - Ron Wynn
Hip-hop/jazz fusionisters Us3 have forged the most elaborate union between the styles since the early days of Gang Starr and A Tribe Called Quest. Blue Note's vast catalog gives them a huge advantage over several similar groups in terms of source material, and classic sounds by Art Blakey, Horace Silver, and Herbie Hancock provide zest and fiber to their narratives. Indeed, when things falter, it's because the raps aren't always that creative. They are serviceable and sometimes catchy, but too often delivered without the snazzy touches or distinctive skills that make Quest and Gang Starr's material top-notch. But when words and music mesh, as on "Cantaloop" or "The Darkside," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ron Wynn
Hip-hop/jazz fusionisters Us3 have forged the most elaborate union between the styles since the early days of Gang Starr and A Tribe Called Quest. Blue Note's vast catalog gives them a huge advantage over several similar groups in terms of source material, and classic sounds by Art Blakey, Horace Silver, and Herbie Hancock provide zest and fiber to their narratives. Indeed, when things falter, it's because the raps aren't always that creative. They are serviceable and sometimes catchy, but too often delivered without the snazzy touches or distinctive skills that make Quest and Gang Starr's material top-notch. But when words and music mesh, as on "Cantaloop" or "The Darkside," Us3 show how effectively hip-hop and jazz can blend.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/1993
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 077778088325
  • Catalog Number: 80883
  • Sales rank: 69,377

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Us3 Primary Artist
Mike Smith Tenor Saxophone
Steve Williamson Soprano Saxophone
Ed Jones Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Matt Cooper Piano
Marie Harper Background Vocals
Kobie Powell Rap
Gerard Presencer Trumpet
Tony Remy Guitar
Dennis Rollins Trombone, Trumpet
Mel Simpson Keyboards
Geoff Wilkinson scratching, Sampling
Tukka Yoot Rap
Rahsaan Kelly Rap
Technical Credits
M. Simpson Composer
Mel Simpson Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Geoff Wilkinson Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
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