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Detroit Experiment
     

The Detroit Experiment

by The Detroit Experiment
 

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Following in the path of the Philadelphia Experiment, the Detroit Experiment is a multigenerational meeting of Motor City talent that casts its net far enough to include players from several fields of music. There are some genuinely electric and inspired moments scattered across the album, along with a few that are too tepid to

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Following in the path of the Philadelphia Experiment, the Detroit Experiment is a multigenerational meeting of Motor City talent that casts its net far enough to include players from several fields of music. There are some genuinely electric and inspired moments scattered across the album, along with a few that are too tepid to generate much of a reaction, but the album is consistently laid-back and slickly executed throughout its entirety. Recorded during a five-day stretch by Carl Craig (techno wizard and Innerzone Orchestra leader), Karriem Riggins (drummer and member of venerable hip-hop production team the Ummah), and Aaron Levinson, the album includes participation from Regina Carter, Bennie Maupin, Marcus Belgrave, Francisco Mora, Allan Barnes, Amp Fiddler, and several others. With a roster of people like that on board, you know it's going to be steeped in jazz; however, there are several moments that make it an eclectic affair. After a great revamp of Belgrave's 1974 classic "Space Odyssey," the album opens up with a look at Donald Byrd's "Think Twice," which is radically overhauled as a relaxed, nocturnal house track, with soloing aplenty over the simple but leagues-deep rhythm. A transformation of Stevie Wonder's "Too High" is incredibly spacy, with Fiddler's voice often looming ominously over a spare arrangement. Originals like "There Is a God" (spotlighting Carter's sad but redemptive violin) and "Vernors" (a swaggering hip-hop instrumental with light additions from several of the instrumentalists) also add more colors. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the references to Detroit are all but countless; they're in the song titles, they're in the actual songs, and they're also peppered throughout the lyrics of "The Way We Make Music" (female MC Invincible scores bonus points for throwing in the New Dance Show). Though it's dotted by some merely pleasant but unengaging work, the remainder makes this unique record fascinating for music fans of all ages.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/2003
Label:
Rope A Dope
UPC:
0075679313829
catalogNumber:
3138

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Detroit Experiment   Primary Artist
Geri Allen   Piano
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
Bennie Maupin   Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Regina Carter   Violin
Perry Hughes   Guitar
Jaribu Shahid   Bass,Bass Guitar
Turner   Bass,Bass Guitar
Carl Craig   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,DJ
Ron Otis   Drums
Amp Fiddler   Organ,Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,Clavinet,fender rhodes
Karriem Riggins   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Hand Clapping
Aaron Luis Levinson   Hand Clapping
Francisco Mora Catlett   Percussion,Hand Clapping
Invincible   Vocals,Rap
Athletic Mic League   Vocals,Rap
Allan Curtis Barnes   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Ayro   fender rhodes
Jeremy Ellis   fender rhodes
Allan Barnes   Flute,Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Geri Allen   Composer
Marcus Belgrave   Composer
Bennie Maupin   Composer
Doug Carn   Composer
Perry Hughes   Composer
McKinley Jackson   Composer
Larry Mizell   Composer
Turner   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Carl Craig   Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Ron Otis   Composer
Todd Fairall   Vocal Engineer
Amp Fiddler   Composer
John Smerek   Engineer
Karriem Riggins   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Aaron Luis Levinson   Producer,Audio Production
Andrew Cooper   Composer
Francisco Mora Catlett   Composer
Allan Curtis Barnes   Composer

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