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Jazzyfatnastees may not be a household name yet, but as the visionaries behind Black Lily, a weekly showcase for Black female artists in Philadelphia and New York City, the dynamic duo helped launch the careers of Jill Scott and India.Arie. Now, with the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 1999 debut, The Once and Future, Tracey Moore and Mercedes Martinez hope to attract the same mainstream acceptance as their Grammy-nominated peers. On The Tortoise and the Hare, the lovely ladies blur the boundaries of contemporary soul with an eclectic mix of Latin "El Medio", rock "Compelled", and En Vogue–reminiscent R&B rhythms "All Up in My Face", enhancing the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
Jazzyfatnastees may not be a household name yet, but as the visionaries behind Black Lily, a weekly showcase for Black female artists in Philadelphia and New York City, the dynamic duo helped launch the careers of Jill Scott and India.Arie. Now, with the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 1999 debut, The Once and Future, Tracey Moore and Mercedes Martinez hope to attract the same mainstream acceptance as their Grammy-nominated peers. On The Tortoise and the Hare, the lovely ladies blur the boundaries of contemporary soul with an eclectic mix of Latin "El Medio", rock "Compelled", and En Vogue–reminiscent R&B rhythms "All Up in My Face", enhancing the arrangements with their expertly woven harmonies. With this daring and delicious disc, Jazzyfatnastees may finally have discovered the secret to success.
All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
All the elements that made Jazzyfatnastees grassroots favorites are in place for their sophomore effort, The Tortoise & the Hare. Tight, inventive vocal harmonies and rich intertwining melodies, which helped to define the duo's sound on their debut record, The Once and Future, have been refined and intensified by time. The "hip-hop for overachievers" approach to production is also notably stronger. The record features a slightly different cast, including New York Latin jazzers Yosvanny Terry, Dafnis Prieto, and Pedro Martinez, as well as those favorite old friends from the Roots. Although it takes the ladies a couple tracks to warm up to their usual steamy hot intensity, they make it there. The first few tracks lack the gut-level street cred of the previous record, especially evident in the lyrical triteness of "All Up in My Face" and the regrettable bossa nova section in "Something in the Way." Their taste for intricately layered tracks and their use of an acoustic influence in hip-hop prove deliciously evocative as the disc progresses with tracks such as "El Medio" and "Adolescent Blues." Having charted in Billboard's Top 100 Hip-Hop/R&B Albums is certainly a feather in this independently released record's cap. Such strong forward motion from a group that made a great first impression certainly deserves the industry's attention. This is a record not to be missed.
The Source - Elon D. Johnson
With Tortoise, the Jazzy's offer a credible hip-hop, jazz and R&B-infused experience that will surely make their musical ancestors proud.

With Tortoise, the Jazzy's offer a credible hip-hop, jazz and R&B-infused experience that will surely make their musical ancestors proud.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2002
  • Label: COOLHUNTER
  • UPC: 824191000126
  • Catalog Number: 1

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Something in the Way (5:01)
  2. 2 El Medio (4:50)
  3. 3 All Up in My Face (4:43)
  4. 4 Four Lives (4:17)
  5. 5 Adolescent Blues (5:15)
  6. 6 Compelled (4:43)
  7. 7 Tumbling (3:58)
  8. 8 Show Your Face (5:10)
  9. 9 The Tortoise and the Hare (3:52)
  10. 10 Give a Dog a Bone (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jazzyfatnastees Primary Artist
Davis A. Barnett Viola
Randy Bowland Guitar
Larry Gold Cello
Randy Nichols keyboard bass
James Poyser Organ, Wurlitzer
Scott Spencer Storch Keyboards, fender rhodes
Emma Kummrow Violin
Anthony Tidd Bass, Guitar, Piano
Dafnis Prieto Percussion
Yosvany Terry Alto Saxophone
Aaron Draper Drums
Ben Kenney Bass, Guitar
Kamiah "Little Klang" Gray Keyboards
Adam Blackstone Bass
Curtis Chambers Guitar
Technical Credits
Jeff Chestek Engineer
Larry Gold Producer
Randy Nichols Producer, Executive Producer
Jon Smeltz Engineer
Scott Spencer Storch Producer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Pedro Martinez drum programming
Anthony Tidd Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming
Magdaleno Martinez Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Aaron Draper Producer
Melvin Lewis Producer, drum programming
Carlos "Storm" Martinez Engineer
Tracey Moore Poetry, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Ben Kenney Producer
Kamiah "Little Klang" Gray Producer, drum programming
Adam Blackstone Producer
Curtis Chambers Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For all real musicians

    This straight down to earth chill, with the one you love or by your self, feel great in the morning tunes and great sleep in the evening toons, make you wanna find real love gives you chills from the melodys that spill out of you speakers gotta have CD. Is probably the best thing i've heard in years. Get IT!

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