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Project Logic (Atlantic)
     

Project Logic (Atlantic)

by DJ Logic
 

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Why is this turntablist cutting session better than all rest floating around the record bins? Well, mainly because the cut-up artist in question is as musically minded as he is technically proficient. DJ Logic is a hip-hop jock and member of the neo-soul jazz band Medeski, Martin & Wood, so he's more than familiar with the

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Why is this turntablist cutting session better than all rest floating around the record bins? Well, mainly because the cut-up artist in question is as musically minded as he is technically proficient. DJ Logic is a hip-hop jock and member of the neo-soul jazz band Medeski, Martin & Wood, so he's more than familiar with the contours of collective interplay and knows his groove-jazz history, elements lacking in the work of so many scratchadelic wankers. Here he hooks up with a cast of fusion folks -- including the organ pumping Medeski, drummer Skoota Warner, bassist Melvin Gibbs, cornet poet Graham Haynes, and axe-master Vernon Reid -- for one of the most musically potent and compositionally mature DJ albums since ENTRODUCING…DJ SHADOW. The globally minded Logic has the whole world in his hand, treating his turntables like a soulful instrument as he dips into a pantheon of styles and flavors. On "Una Cosa Buena" he sounds like a salsa band unto himself; on "Shea's Groove" he's a scintillatingly sick organ trading freaky phrases with Medeski's traditional Booker T. vamp; and on "Eyes Open (But Dead)" he's a wicked implement of plangent hip-hop realness. Throughout, the cast of backing players leavens the mix accordingly. Reid's mewling solo on "Flat As Aboard," works perfectly against Logic's cowbell-funk groove, and even predictably weird tripscapes are made fresh by jazzmen who perform as if they've been beamed to one of Miles Davis's early-'70s astronomy lessons. The music here represents '90s fusion at its most furtively wigged out and pancultural hip-hop at its most vibrantly traditional -- and it cooks like hell.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
A lot of DJs have stepped to the front, recording as leaders, to varying degrees of success. While many of these efforts have been entertaining, very rarely do they succeed on a truly musical level. With the release of Project Logic, DJ Logic (a.k.a. Jason Kibler) changes all that. Playing in Vernon Reid's band, and several years with Medeski, Martin & Wood, has not only given DJ Logic valuable training as an improvising musician, but has also left him incredibly well-connected to boot. This album was recorded in a series of sessions in New York, where DJ Logic, bassist Melvin Gibbs (Decoding Society, Rollins Band), and drummer Skoota Warner let the tapes roll with a myriad of invited guests. These improvised sessions were then edited and sometimes overdubbed to create the album. This gives the tracks the feeling (rightfully so) that actual musicians recorded this in real time, while listening to each other; that it's not just a studio creation. The only exception is "Spider Dance," where vocalist Jennifer Charles (Elysian Fields) joins on a track that could have come off the Golden Palominos' Pure. The other tunes explore various funky jazz settings, except for "Eyes Open (But Dead)," a straight-up hip-hop piece, and "Una Cosa Buena," a Latin number. Another highlight, "Mnemonics," has Logic mixing records from an Indian vocalist, while also utilizing a live tabla player and cornetist Graham Haynes. Besides the usual suspects (MMW, Vernon Reid), a host of New York's finest appear: Marc Ribot, Steven Bernstein & Briggan Krauss of Sex Mob, and even legendary producer Teo Macero dusts off his horn to play on a track. The result is a fine musical offering that breathes the air of jazz improvisation; unprecedented by a DJ.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Rykodisc Uk
UPC:
0014431600524
catalogNumber:
6005

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

DJ Logic   Primary Artist,Turntables,Sampling
Marc Ribot   Guitar
Graham Haynes   Cornet
Bill Ware   Vibes
Steve Cannon   Voices,Spoken Word
Bryan Carrott   Vibes
Jennifer Charles   Vocals
Melvin Gibbs   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Piccolo Bass,cowbell
Scott Harding   fender rhodes
Teo Macero   Horn
John Medeski   Organ,Clavinet
Vernon Reid   Guitar
E.J. Rodriguez   Percussion
Brandon Ross   Guitar
Billy Martin   Drums
Briggan Krauss   Saxophone
Chris Wood   Bass,Bass Guitar,Double Bass
Scooter Warner   Drums
Daniel Carter   Alto Saxophone
Steven Bernstein   Trumpet
Casey Benjamin   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Leon Lamont   Drums
Karsh Kale   Tabla,Turntables
Christina Wheeler   Theremin,Vocals
Felix Sanabria   Percussion,Conga
Skoota Warner   Drums
E.J. Rodriquez   Percussion

Technical Credits

Bill Ware   Vibe Master
Bryan Carrott   Vibe Master
Melvin Gibbs   Producer,Audio Production
Scott Harding   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Teo Macero   Audio Production
Billy Martin   Illustrations,Cover Art
DJ Logic   Audio Production
Eric Milano   Producer

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