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Nublu Sessions
     

Nublu Sessions

by Wax Poetic
 
Since their debut in 1997, Wax Poetic have been mentioned numerous times as the "hip-hop" or "downtempo electronica" band where superstar vocalist Norah Jones got her start. She returns for two cuts on their sophomore effort, and they do still have elements of hip-hop and electronica, but my have they grown.

Overview

Since their debut in 1997, Wax Poetic have been mentioned numerous times as the "hip-hop" or "downtempo electronica" band where superstar vocalist Norah Jones got her start. She returns for two cuts on their sophomore effort, and they do still have elements of hip-hop and electronica, but my have they grown. Leader/saxophonist/all-around-visionary Ilhan Ersahin has shaped a loose collection of sidemen and a revolving door full of guests into a smart, adaptable unit of players who act as a modern day version of Motown's Funk Brothers or Lee "Scratch" Perry's Upsetters. The band benefits from their breeding at Ersahin's Manhattan club Nublu, a club/performance space that has Brazilian parties one night and a broken beat DJ the next. Nublu Sessions comes off as a weeks' pass to the club with reggae, house, jazz, samba, and just about everything else that is cosmopolitan, mixing together with Ersahin and Wax Poetic's vision and spirit holding it all together. Norah Jones' high profile appearances are more humble than expected and should cushion the blow for jazz-heads if her next album is full of atmospheric pop. Gruff reggae man U-Roy sounds as effervescent as ever, and N'Dea Davenport's turn gives the album a sparkling disco detour. Saul Williams' kinetic narrative commands his track as expected, but his message serves to break up an otherwise enigmatic album. Slow electro-click and smooth house numbers show up towards the end, and they're just as captivating and moody as the organic tracks. The Hollywood soundtrack gloss throughout the album may put off the underground snobs, but Wax Poetic understand both the sleek and the deep, and are smart far beyond their merely clever name. One listen to the warm and smooth, refined yet exciting Nublu Sessions and you'll wonder how you ever slinked across the loft without it.

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Kristina Feliciano
An airtight stunner whose swirl of styles ranges from trip-hop and acid jazz to spoken word. (A)

Product Details

Release Date:
12/02/2003
Label:
Ultra Records
UPC:
0617465118821
catalogNumber:
1188

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wax Poetic   Primary Artist
U-Roy   Vocals
Eddie Henderson   Trumpet
Brian Blade   Drums
N'Dea Davenport   Vocals
Larry Grenadier   Bass
Jonathan Maron   Bass
Arto Tuncboyaciyan   Percussion
Martina Lake Turner   Vocals,Group Member
Charles Stella   Guitar
Scott Barkham   fender rhodes
David Berkman   fender rhodes
Kenny Wollesen   Drums
Didi Gutman   Keyboards
DJ Logic   Turntables
Ilhan Ersahin   Keyboards,Saxophone,Turntables,Vocals,Group Member
Jochen Rueckert   Drums,Group Member
Kirk Lake   Vocals
Aaron Johnston   Drums
Barry Cole   Turntables
Jon Davis   fender rhodes
Sabina Sciubba   Vocals
Saul Williams   Spoken Word
Hüsnü Senlendirici   Clarinet
Anders Hentze   Bongos
Mehmet Akatay   Percussion
Norah Jones   Vocals
Marlon Browden   Drums
Jesse Murphy   Bass,Group Member
Stafford Hunter   Trombone
Nuri Lekesizgöz   Kanoon
Thor Madson   Guitar,electronics,Group Member
Tjen Arkun   Vocals
Kem Pa   Strings
Guyora Kats   Keyboards
Mutamassik   Turntables

Technical Credits

U-Roy   Composer
N'Dea Davenport   Composer
Charles Stella   Producer
Daniel Wyatt   Producer,drum programming
Kenny Wollesen   Composer
Cella Stella   Composer
Didi Gutman   Programming
Ilhan Ersahin   Composer,Producer
Hüsnü Senlendirici   String Arrangements
M. Turner   Composer
D. "Prowla" Wyatt   Composer
Norah Jones   Composer
Héctor Castillo   Engineer
Thor Madson   Programming,Producer
Jeff Blenkinsopp   Producer
Brazilian Girls   Producer
Val Jeanety   Composer

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