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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
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.
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).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2007
  • Label: Seven Grand
  • UPC: 897339001026
  • Catalog Number: 25
  • Sales rank: 88,678

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cuz I'm Jazzy - Slum Village
  2. 2 State of Clarity - Common
  3. 3 Stand up (Some Thing'll Never Change) - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
  4. 4 Look to the Sun
  5. 5 Connection - Kem
  6. 6 Fine and Free - Vivian Green
  7. 7 Wait on Me - Raheem DeVaughn
  8. 8 International
  9. 9 This Is Art
  10. 10 Fly Magnetic - Dionne Farris
  11. 11 The Jazz Style
  12. 12 Follow the Signs - Shelley Harland
  13. 13 Universal Struggle - Brown Man
  14. 14 Infinite - Blackalicious
  15. 15 Kissed the World
  16. 16 Living Legend
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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 V Vocals
Solar Musician
Technical Credits
Guru Producer, Executive Producer
Dionne Farris Engineer
Gary Jones Engineer
Michael Sarsfield Mastering
Oscar Monsalve Engineer
Chief Xcel Engineer
Omar Lye-Fook Engineer
Anthony Kilhoffer Engineer
Dean Sharenow Engineer
Jeff Chenault Art Direction
Frank Sutton Engineer
Jason Chantrelle Engineer
Carlos Gunn Engineer
Solar Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Kevin DeSimone Engineer
Jamil "Face" Johnson Engineer
Ashton Price Engineer
Randy Wines Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    GURU's JAZZMATAZZ is an incredible series. It's a great concept that is truly appreciated by listening to vol. 1 first. GURU lays down some infectious beats with intelligent, infectious rhymes. I rated this one a four out of five and it is no where near the best volume in the series, if that tells you anything. There are some great tracks on this CD that play well in the car or at a party. Pick this one up and enjoy an artist doing what he does best.

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