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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 ...
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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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.
Entertainment Weekly - Kristina Feliciano
An airtight stunner whose swirl of styles ranges from trip-hop and acid jazz to spoken word. (A)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/2/2003
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • UPC: 617465118821
  • Catalog Number: 1188

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tell Me (3:55)
  2. 2 Girl (3:39)
  3. 3 Flight in Dub (4:04)
  4. 4 Angels (4:00)
  5. 5 Oriental Wind (4:12)
  6. 6 Homme - Brazilian Girls (5:05)
  7. 7 Sea Grass (5:53)
  8. 8 Time (4:05)
  9. 9 Della - Marla Turner (5:00)
  10. 10 Dreamin (3:50)
  11. 11 Love - Marla Turner (6:50)
  12. 12 Life (5:18)
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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
Duncan Stanbury Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A mix of 70s influence and jazz make this a keeper

    This CD reminds me of a bag of Jelly Bellies in some ways there are many different flavors, but they manage to blend together in an almost magical way. All of it reminds me of what might be heard drifting up for cafes in Boston or San Francisco, and the composition and delivery of each track is outstanding. From a pseudo-reggae vibe of "Flight In Dub" featuring U-Roy to Norah Jones' lending her pipes to the haunting "Angels" the CD is both haunting and captivating. Wax Poetic is obviously a talented group, as they actually sound like they're having fun on the tracks and blend both traditional instrumentation with sounds produced on a laptop, and sometimes the electronic distortion is so subtle you have to look for it. This may not be for everyone, but the overall experience of the CD is one that takes you on a journey through a musical landscape every bit as colorful as the album cover.

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