Plate Fork Knife Spoon

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In many cases, albums that have claimed to offer a fusion of jazz and hip-hop have ended up being more hip-hop than jazz. That isn't necessarily a bad thing; ultimately, the bottom line is not whether or not something is hip-hop or jazz, but whether or not it is well done. This self-titled disc by Northern California's Plate Fork Knife Spoon is the opposite of the albums that have a jazz influence but are more hip-hop than jazz; this release is essentially the work of a jazz-funk instrumental combo that happens to like the rhythms of hip-hop. The CD detours into alternative rap territory à la Pete Miser, A Tribe Called Quest, Common or Digable Planets on "Wonder," which ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In many cases, albums that have claimed to offer a fusion of jazz and hip-hop have ended up being more hip-hop than jazz. That isn't necessarily a bad thing; ultimately, the bottom line is not whether or not something is hip-hop or jazz, but whether or not it is well done. This self-titled disc by Northern California's Plate Fork Knife Spoon is the opposite of the albums that have a jazz influence but are more hip-hop than jazz; this release is essentially the work of a jazz-funk instrumental combo that happens to like the rhythms of hip-hop. The CD detours into alternative rap territory à la Pete Miser, A Tribe Called Quest, Common or Digable Planets on "Wonder," which features rapper Raashan Ahmad. But more often than not, this is an album of instrumental jazz-funk -- and Plate Fork Knife Spoon draws on '70s influences either direct or indirect that include Herbie Hancock, Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes and Miles Davis minus the extensive trumpet solos -- the Northern Californians' debt to Davis is more compositional than anything. The grooves are generally infectious -- certainly infectious enough to make this CD enjoyable -- although the solos, as a rule, aren't as focused as they could be. Think of a truly classic jazz-funk performance -- Grover Washington, Jr. on "Mr. Magic," Eddie Harris on "Listen Here," Ronnie Laws on "Always There" -- and you think of soloists who did more than groove; they really dug into their instruments and made it crystal clear that they had something to say. But if Plate Fork Knife Spoon's album falls short of mind-blowing, it's still a decent and noteworthy outing -- and it indicates that the Bay Area combo is worth keeping an eye on.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2005
  • Label: Wide Hive Records
  • UPC: 698873026212
  • Catalog Number: 262
  • Sales rank: 208,821

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 D M@#$%er F@#$%er D (4:08)
  2. 2 Double Dribble (4:37)
  3. 3 Igunalude (0:34)
  4. 4 Down in It (5:04)
  5. 5 Turbulencia (1:45)
  6. 6 Creep (4:52)
  7. 7 Point (4:07)
  8. 8 Theme from Spacewalk (2:36)
  9. 9 Briefcase (2:17)
  10. 10 Oyayi (1:37)
  11. 11 The Kraken (7:13)
  12. 12 Charles River (3:53)
  13. 13 Wonder (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Plate Fork Knife Spoon Primary Artist
David Boyce Saxophone
Charlie Roberts Moog Bass
Headnodic Bass Guitar
Eric Krasno Guitar
Kat Ouano Piano, Keyboards, ARP, fender rhodes, Casio, Mini Moog, Juno
Rashaan Ahmad Vocals
Max MacVeety Drums
Raashan Ahmad Rap
Technical Credits
Greg Howe Engineer
Ben Conrad Engineer, Mastering
Josh Gold Engineer
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