Questions

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
When Us3 began, Geoff Wilkinson and company combined club-friendly beats with jazzy instrumentation built on samples from old Blue Note records: 1993's Hand on the Torch featured the memorable hit "Cantaloop Flip Fantasia," an ecstatic bit of fun built from Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island." Over the course of two subsequent albums, Us3 decreased the use of samples, and now, on Questions, they are gone entirely, replaced by slinky, keyboard-driven arrangements anchored in soulful jazz and Latin rhythms. Featuring Brooklyn rapper Reggi Wyns and sexy British/South African singer Mpho, Questions ranges through seductive R&B ballads, such as "Believe in Yourself," ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
When Us3 began, Geoff Wilkinson and company combined club-friendly beats with jazzy instrumentation built on samples from old Blue Note records: 1993's Hand on the Torch featured the memorable hit "Cantaloop Flip Fantasia," an ecstatic bit of fun built from Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island." Over the course of two subsequent albums, Us3 decreased the use of samples, and now, on Questions, they are gone entirely, replaced by slinky, keyboard-driven arrangements anchored in soulful jazz and Latin rhythms. Featuring Brooklyn rapper Reggi Wyns and sexy British/South African singer Mpho, Questions ranges through seductive R&B ballads, such as "Believe in Yourself," and sly funk, such as "Get It Together" with its old-school rap interlude. But it never loses sight of its jazzy roots: Horn, flute, and/or piano solos anchor most tracks, with special accolades due to Neil Angilley's Latin piano work on "When She's Dancing" and Ed Jones's breathy flute improvisations on "Can U Feel It?" and "Why Not?" While Questions looks back -- to traditional jazz, to Us3's origins in acid jazz, and even to "Cantaloop" itself with a slowed-down "soul mix" and a Brazilian style "bossa mix" of "Cantaloop 2004" -- the answers it finds sound timeless.
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
You remember Us3 -- they had a huge club hit in 1994 with their acid jazz appropriation of Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island," which they muscled up with modern beats and samples and titled "Cantaloop Flip Fantasia." That single gave the venerable Blue Note label its first-ever platinum album. Subsequent releases made less of a commercial impact, and the original Us3 duo of Geoff Wilkinson and Mel Simpson eventually fell apart. Now Wilkinson is working solo and releasing music on his own label, but his love of classic funk, old-school jazz and up-to-the-minute turntablism remains as strong as ever. Questions is full of strutting hip-hop Cubanisms "Whatcha Gonna Do?", jazzy conscious rap "What Does That Mean?", slow-simmering Latin funk "Goodbye", and even a couple of affectionate looks back at that one big hit single "Cantaloop 2004: Bossa Mix" and "Soul Mix". Interestingly, all of the music on this album was played live -- no samples at all -- a major departure for an artist who has always made such productive use of classic jazz samples. You won't miss them, though: apart from the pop-psych vapidity of the lyrics on "Believe in Yourself" and the generally lackluster "The Truth," everything on Questions is guaranteed to get folks at your next party winding their waists and spilling their drinks. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Us3.Com
  • UPC: 825346930923
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 181,495

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A New Beginning (1:53)
  2. 2 Whatcha Gonna Do? (5:14)
  3. 3 Get It Together (4:11)
  4. 4 What Does That Mean? (4:20)
  5. 5 Believe in Yourself (4:22)
  6. 6 Cantaloop 2004 (5:01)
  7. 7 Can U Feel It? (4:36)
  8. 8 When She's Dancing (5:16)
  9. 9 Why Not? (4:33)
  10. 10 The Truth (3:50)
  11. 11 Goodbye (4:22)
  12. 12 Give Thanks (3:43)
  13. 13 The Healer (5:34)
  14. 14 Cantaloop 2004 (5:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Us3 Primary Artist
Ed Jones Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Mike Gorman Piano, fender rhodes
Tony Remy Guitar
Neil Angilley Piano
DJ First Rate scratching
Chris Storr Trumpet
Mpho Skeef Vocals
Femi Temowo Guitar
Amad-Jamal Washington Rap
Dave Okumu Guitar
Reggi Wyns Rap
Ed Jones Tenor Saxophone
Chris Star Trumpet
Technical Credits
Active Ingredient Cover Design
M. Simpson Composer
Geoff Wilkinson Producer, Audio Production
Mike Marsh Mastering
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