Jazz Matazz Vol. 4

Jazz Matazz Vol. 4

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by Guru
     
 

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Although Guru's been putting out new editions in his Jazzmatazz series for almost 15 years now, none of the releases has gotten quite the same amount of acclaim as 1993's Vol. 1, which was one of the first examples, and certainly the best, of how actual live jazz could be used and mixed with hip-hop. He collected a wide selection ofSee more details below

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Although Guru's been putting out new editions in his Jazzmatazz series for almost 15 years now, none of the releases has gotten quite the same amount of acclaim as 1993's Vol. 1, which was one of the first examples, and certainly the best, of how actual live jazz could be used and mixed with hip-hop. He collected a wide selection of players and vocalists and ended up with what has been one of the most respected rap albums ever, with a trans-genre appeal that's been hard to match. Vol. 4 continues in this direction, though more often than not the jazzy horn breaks and piano grooves are replaced with more contemporary sounding beats. This isn't to say that the production's not good here (it's done entirely by a very skillful Solar), but it ventures into more straightforward hip-hop territory than most of the other volumes did. "Kissed the World," a witty anti-Bush track, uses a poppy piano line and synth strings, while "Stand Up (Somethings'll Never Change)" features Damien Marley and mixes Afro drum rhythms with Marley's reggae call. "Follow the Signs" is more guitar-based than any other song, and "Connection" has a smooth R&B feel. Guru, of course, holds his own on the mic, and though his lyrics do tend to veer towards the typical braggadocio, he has enough history behind him, as well as some pretty good lines ("I serve a rapper like an ace from Agassi,") he spits on "Infinite," which features Blackalicious' Gift of Gab and is one of the best tracks on the entire album as he employs insightful social commentary to back these statements up. Jazzmatazz is the MC's baby, and at this point is funded by him and his company, 7 Grand Records, but he doesn't let this take him overboard. He's clearly dedicated to it, yes, but he's experienced and talented enough to keep it from being a project of indulgence, using outside help (besides Gab and Marley, Common and David Sanborn, among others, also show up here) to keep the ideas and sounds interesting to all those -- listeners included -- involved, and making, ultimately, for a successful accomplishment.

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Editorial Reviews

Time Out New York - Jem Aswad
Vol. 1, represented by seven tracks, stands tallest, but other highlights include the Jamiroquai showcase "Lost Souls," "Supa Love" (featuring both Kelis and the Neptunes) and "Plenty" (with Erykah Badu).

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2007
Label:
Seven Grand
UPC:
0897339001026
catalogNumber:
25
Rank:
101741

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guru   Primary Artist,Indexed Contributor
Caron Wheeler   Vocals
Dionne Farris   Vocals
Vivian Green   Vocals
David Scott   Musician
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley   Vocals
Gift of Gab   Vocals
T3   Vocals
Raheem DeVaughn   Vocals
Bobby   Vocals
Solar   Musician

Technical Credits

Guru   Producer,Executive Producer
Dionne Farris   Engineer
Gary Jones   Engineer
Oscar Monsalve   Engineer
Chief Xcel   Engineer
Omar Lye-Fook   Engineer
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Dean Sharenow   Engineer
Jeff Chenault   Art Direction
Frank Sutton   Engineer
Carlos Gunn   Engineer
Solar   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Kevin DeSimone   Engineer
Jamil "Face" Johnson   Engineer
Ashton Price   Engineer
Randy Wines   Engineer
Jason 'Bluntmaster 3k' Chantrelle   Engineer

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