Unwrapped, Vol. 5: The Collipark Cafe Sessions

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: Hidden Beach
  • UPC: 894096001436
  • Catalog Number: 61
  • Sales rank: 9,366

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Get Low (4:18)
  2. 2 Ay Bay Bay (3:53)
  3. 3 Salt Shaker (4:09)
  4. 4 Soul Survivor (4:30)
  5. 5 Splash Waterfalls (5:01)
  6. 6 Sensual Seduction (4:09)
  7. 7 Walk It Out (6:00)
  8. 8 Crank That (3:59)
  9. 9 Shawty (5:01)
  10. 10 Ay Bay Bay (5:11)
  11. 11 Bridging the Great Divide (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Lorber Keyboards
Karen Briggs Violin
Peter Black Guitar
Steve Harvey Drums, Keyboards
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
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
Thierry Migeotte Mastering
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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