Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2 (The New Reality)

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
The follow-up to the heavily acclaimed Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1. This album might not have quite as much jazz-rap power as the first volume did, but it's still quite good. Some of the big guns of jazz found their way into the album, including Branford Marsalis who, of course, had already experimented with urban beats a bit with his Buckshot Lefonque project, Freddie Hubbard, Ramsey Lewis, and Kenny Garrett. Underground rapper Kool Keith at this point still a member of the Ultramagnetics also makes an appearance. Dancehall reggae princess Patra is included on a track, as are Chaka Khan and Me'Shell N'Degeocello; Jamiroquai helps out in another. In some ways, the personnel on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
The follow-up to the heavily acclaimed Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1. This album might not have quite as much jazz-rap power as the first volume did, but it's still quite good. Some of the big guns of jazz found their way into the album, including Branford Marsalis who, of course, had already experimented with urban beats a bit with his Buckshot Lefonque project, Freddie Hubbard, Ramsey Lewis, and Kenny Garrett. Underground rapper Kool Keith at this point still a member of the Ultramagnetics also makes an appearance. Dancehall reggae princess Patra is included on a track, as are Chaka Khan and Me'Shell N'Degeocello; Jamiroquai helps out in another. In some ways, the personnel on this album may be slightly superior to the first outing, but the music also seems a tiny bit blander. Still, what makes the Jazzmatazz albums special is the live synthesis of jazz and rap. With Guru's vocals over the top of live jazz performers as opposed the usual samples, interplay is facilitated between the two, and thus a whole new dimension is added to the fusion. For someone interested in jazz-rap in general, the first album is a higher priority as would be Us3's albums, with extensive Blue Note sampling, but this album is still high on the list.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/1995
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724383429028
  • Catalog Number: 34290
  • Sales rank: 36,253

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Light It Up (Intro)/New Reality Style (1:44)
  2. 2 Life Saver - Baybe (4:13)
  3. 3 Living in This World - Sweet Sable (4:29)
  4. 4 Looking Through Darkness (4:48)
  5. 5 Watch What You Say - Branford Marsalis (5:00)
  6. 6 Defining Purpose (1:02)
  7. 7 For You - MeShell NdegeOcello (4:10)
  8. 8 Medicine (4:19)
  9. 9 Lost Souls (4:12)
  10. 10 Nobody Knows (The Real Deal) - Shara Nelson (3:58)
  11. 11 Hip Hop As A Way Of Life (1:17)
  12. 12 Respect The Architect (4:51)
  13. 13 Feel the Music - Baybe (3:57)
  14. 14 Young Ladies (4:12)
  15. 15 The Traveler - Donald Byrd (4:01)
  16. 16 Maintaining Focus (1:18)
  17. 17 Count Your Blessings - Brian Holt (4:02)
  18. 18 Choice Of Weapons (4:24)
  19. 19 Something in the Past - Freddie Hubbard (3:19)
  20. 20 Revelation (Alot on My Mind) - Bu (4:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Guru Primary Artist, Vocals
Derrick Davis Alto Saxophone, Flute
Jez Colin Bass
Brian Holt Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
MeShell NdegeOcello Bass, Vocals
Stuart Zender Bass
J. Rodriguez Clarinet, Flute
Wallace Collins Didjeridu
Shawn Lee Drums
Willie McNeil Drums
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Kenny Garrett fender rhodes, Saxophone
Courtney Pine Flute, Saxophone
Marc Antoine Guitar
Ronny Jordan Guitar
Dennis Mitchell Keyboards
Dennis Rodriguez Keyboards
Ramsey Lewis Moog Synthesizer, Piano, Synthesizer
Reuben Wilson Organ
Donald Byrd Piano, Trumpet
Jan Kincaid Piano
Branford Marsalis Saxophone
DJ Red Handed scratching, Turntables
DJ Scratch scratching, Turntables
DJ Sean-Ski scratching, Turntables
Darren Galea Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Bahamadia Vocals
Baybe Vocals
Bu Vocals
Ini Kamoze Vocals
Jason Kay Vocals
Kool Keith Vocals
Chaka Khan Vocals
Dee C. Lee Vocals
Lucien Vocals
True Master Vocals
Sikken Moov Vocals
Shara Nelson Vocals
Mica Paris Vocals
Patra Vocals
Sweet Sable Vocals
Big Shug Vocals
Gus Da Vigilante Vocals
Paul Ferguson Piano
Technical Credits
Guru Arranger, Composer, Producer
Henry Marquez Art Direction
Jamiroquai Contributor
Choko Creative Input
Panchi Da Wild Comanchi Creative Input
Gordon Franklin Creative Input
Mike Rone Creative Input
Carlos Bess Engineer
Rob Caprio Engineer
Mike Chukes Engineer
Bill-Dog Dooley Engineer
Steve Gursky Engineer
Kenneth Ifil Engineer
Ken "Duro" Ifill Engineer
J.B. Engineer
Ben Jones Engineer
Benny Jones Engineer
Dennis Mitchell Engineer
Leo Morris Engineer
Leo Swift Morris Engineer
Joe Quinde Engineer
Eddie Sancho Engineer
Yoram Vanan Engineer
Yorum Vazan Engineer
Kieran Walsh Engineer
Donald Byrd Producer
Ronny Jordan Producer
True Master Producer
Nikke Nicole Producer
DJ Premier Producer
Solsonics Producer
Mark Sparks Producer
Neale Easterby Executive Producer
Keith Elam Executive Producer
Patrick Moxey Executive Producer
Tony Dawsey Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Guru, the best hip hop-Jazz artist ever

    All the Jazzmatazz albums are great but vol.2 is the cream! If u want real music check this album........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENCE!

    That one word alone is all that needs to be said about Guru's second offering in the Jazzmatazz series. The way hip hop and jazz are fused together here are breath-taking. You can tell the music on this record was inspired by A Tribe Called Quest's ''Low End Theory''(as was every other album at the time).

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