Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There is a long tradition in jazz not much in evidence in the early 2000s, it's true of taking familiar pop songs as the basis of jazz improvisation. And there is a long tradition in middle-of-the-road pop also not much followed these days of recording albums of the hits of the day in easy listening style. The Hidden Beach recording company attempts to restore these traditions with its Unwrapped series, now reaching its third volume. The twist here is that the company has smooth jazz artists record instrumental treatments of recent rap hits. The problem, of course, is that rap hits place such an emphasis on the raps themselves, with the musical underpinning often ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There is a long tradition in jazz not much in evidence in the early 2000s, it's true of taking familiar pop songs as the basis of jazz improvisation. And there is a long tradition in middle-of-the-road pop also not much followed these days of recording albums of the hits of the day in easy listening style. The Hidden Beach recording company attempts to restore these traditions with its Unwrapped series, now reaching its third volume. The twist here is that the company has smooth jazz artists record instrumental treatments of recent rap hits. The problem, of course, is that rap hits place such an emphasis on the raps themselves, with the musical underpinning often little more than a steady beat plus a sampled excerpt from some familiar song, so that when you strip off the rap, what you have left is very little music, and that's usually borrowed. Producers Darryl Ross and Tony Joseph are not disturbed by this, however. After all, the steady rhythm tracks are often not all that different from those constructed in smooth jazz. So, why not, for example, have violinist Karen Briggs and electric guitarist Peter Black improvise over the instrumental bed for Eminem's "Lose Yourself"? Or let keyboardist Jeff Lorber and guitarist Dennis Nelson loose on the underlying rhythm of 50 Cent's "P.I.M.P."? In his liner notes,Hidden Beach executive Steve McKeever defensively claims that "the whole purpose of these CDs is not to 'water down' hip-hop, but to pay homage to it." Of course, this is just semantics. The Unwrapped series remains a collection of recordings for people forced to listen to rap in their daily lives who wish those rappers would just shut up and maybe be replaced by a saxophone solo, just as some people in the 1960s preferred listening to Ray Conniff play orchestral treatments of the Top 40 than the actual hit recordings. If the intention is not to "water down" hip-hop, it certainly is to make it more palatable, which is just about the same thing. The CD is enhanced, containing a music video full of vintage black-and-white footage of jazz greats and a portion of the St. Lucia Jazz Festival featuring the Unwrapped All-Stars.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • Label: Hidden Beach
  • UPC: 827969095027
  • Catalog Number: 90950
  • Sales rank: 47,397

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Check the Rhime (0:10)
  2. 2 In da Club - Jeff Bradshaw (3:41)
  3. 3 I Know What You Want - Melena (4:53)
  4. 4 P.I.M.P. - Dennis Nelson (5:20)
  5. 5 Tainted - Richard Turner (5:22)
  6. 6 Lose Yourself - Peter Black (6:05)
  7. 7 Tupac Tribute Medley: Keep Ya Head Up/I Ain't Mad at Cha/How Do ... - Peter Black (5:56)
  8. 8 Biggie Tribute Medley: Juicy/Big Poppa/Hypnotize - Dennis Nelson (5:51)
  9. 9 Beautiful - Jeff Bradshaw (3:30)
  10. 10 Doo Wop (That Thing) - Mike-Mike Phillips (3:52)
  11. 11 The Way You Move - Mike-Mike Phillips (5:50)
  12. 12 Check the Rhime - Paul Litterall (4:14)
  13. 13 Jam Master Jay Tribute Medley: Walk This Way/King of Rock/Sucker ... - Andrew Gouche (6:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Unwrapped Primary Artist
Jeff Lorber Organ, Keyboards, Soloist
Karen Briggs Violin, Soloist
Peter Black Guitar, Soloist
Kathleen Dyson Guitar
Andrew Gouche Bass, Soloist
Richard G. Johnson Background Vocals
Scott Mayo Saxophone, Soloist
Dennis Nelson Guitar, spanish guitar, Soloist
Darryl Ross Vocals, Background Vocals
Frank-Ski Vocals
Lou Taylor Flute, Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist, Horn Section
Tony Joseph Vocals
Dionne Gipson Background Vocals
Richard Turner Piano, Vibes, Soloist
Jeff Bradshaw Trombone, Soloist
Victoria Green Background Vocals
Tamika Peoples Vocals, Background Vocals
Paul Litterall Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist, Horn Section
Technical Credits
Ernie Isley Composer
Joe Perry Composer
Minnie Riperton Composer
Skinny Dennis Anderson Art Direction
Roger Ball Composer
Jeff Bass Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Composer
Rudolph Isley Composer
James Mtume Composer
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels Composer
Steve McKeever Executive Producer
Ali Shaheed Muhammad Composer
Luis Resto Composer
Darryl Ross Producer, Executive Producer
Richard Rudolph Composer
Trevor Smith Composer
Roger Composer
Steven Tyler Composer
Leon Ware Composer
Owen McIntyre Composer
Lauryn Hill Composer
Mike Elizondo Composer
Kris Solem Mastering
Karriem Riggins Composer
Andre Young Composer
Malik Taylor Composer
Calvin Broadus Composer
Kamaal Fareed Composer
Antwan Patton Composer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier Composer
Chad Hugo Composer
Christopher Wallace Composer
Tony Joseph Producer, Executive Producer
Ricardo "Rick Rock" Thomas Composer
Marshall Mathers Composer
Delmar "Daz" Arnaud Composer
Denaun Porter Composer
Rashia Fisher Composer
Curtis Jackson Composer
Tupac Shakur Composer
Andwele Gardner Composer
Patrick Brown Composer
Jason Powers Composer
Joseph "Run" Simmons Composer
Lawrence Smith Composer
Brandon "Bird" Parrott Composer
Etterlene Jordan Composer
Darryl Anderson Composer
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