Unwrapped, Vol. 5: The Collipark Cafe Sessions

Unwrapped, Vol. 5: The Collipark Cafe Sessions

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Smooth jazz label Hidden Beach hit upon a seemingly unlikely formula with its now-trademarked Unwrapped series of various-artists albums. Taking inspiration from the jazz tradition of using pop hits as the platforms for jazz performances, the label turned to the rap/hip-hop world and re-created the rhythm tracks from recent rap hits, then added jazz soloing

Overview

Smooth jazz label Hidden Beach hit upon a seemingly unlikely formula with its now-trademarked Unwrapped series of various-artists albums. Taking inspiration from the jazz tradition of using pop hits as the platforms for jazz performances, the label turned to the rap/hip-hop world and re-created the rhythm tracks from recent rap hits, then added jazz soloing over the top instead of the raps. Some might feel that this "music minus one" concept is akin to jazz karaoke, but it was successful enough to spawn four volumes. For volume "5.0, Hidden Beach has focused on Atlanta-based Southern rap and brought in as a collaborator the Collipark production team, which itself was copying the formula on its "Crunk Jazz Café." Collipark provides the re-creations of the instrumental tracks under rap hits by the likes of Young Jeezy, Unk, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, Hurricane Chris, and others, and the jazz solos are played by such contemporary jazz and R&B stalwarts as Jeff Lorber, Mike Phillips, and Fred Wesley. The result sounds like a contemporary jazz album; it turns out that those rhythm tracks aren't really all that different from what contemporary jazz musicians tend to cook up by themselves. Unwrapped thus remains more of a marketing idea than a distinct musical one, but this is another in an aurally pleasurable series.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2008
Label:
Hidden Beach
UPC:
0894096001436
catalogNumber:
61
Rank:
5382

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Lorber   Keyboards
Karen Briggs   Violin
Peter Black   Guitar
Abdul Ra'oof   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Bruno Speight   Guitar
Reginald W. Ward   Guitar
Jimmy Brown   Flute,Trombone,Alto Saxophone
Kofi Burbridge   Flute
Wirlie Morris   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Reginald Jones   Guitar,Keyboards
Mike Phillips   Saxophone,Vocoder
Michael Burton   Alto Saxophone
Tom Slick   Synthesizer
Roddy Smith   Alto Saxophone
Jeff Bradshaw   Trombone
Louis Jr. VanTaylor   Flute,Saxophone
Midnight Black   Synthesizer
Thianar Gomis   Guitar
Jeffrey Robert Smith   Bass
Steve Harvey   Drums,Keyboards
MC Radee Ameer   Vocals
My Home Boy Swole   Synthesizer
Darryl Rouse   Keyboards
Darryl "Wiz" Rouse   Synthesizer
Jeffrey Smith   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve McKeever   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Abdul Ra'oof   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Jimmy Brown   Horn Arrangements
Kofi Burbridge   Flute Arrangement
Alexander Piles   Composer
Wirlie Morris   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,drum programming,Audio Production
Smurf   Programming
Tom Slick   Producer,drum programming
Thornell Jones   Art Direction,Marketing
Midnight Black   drum programming
Thianar Gomis   Producer
Steve "The Scotsman" Harvey   Producer,Engineer
Wizard Jones   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
My Home Boy Swole   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Kris Rahming   Arranger,Producer
Reather Abdul Abdul Raoof   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Darryl Rouse   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Karl Marcellus Washington   Executive Producer
Darryl "Wiz" Rouse   drum programming,Audio Production

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