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In the late '90s, it looked like the concept of "acid jazz" was going to catch on. The idea was to create jazz so funky and rhythmic that it would be danced to in clubs and perhaps even catch on big commercially. Most groups that became involved in acid jazz de-emphasized the jazz in favor of mundane rhythms, going for the potential money at the expense of the music. Groove Collective struck a better balance, keeping the funk going much of the time (when they were not playing Afro-Cuban jazz), but also having some sound explorations and some strong solos. The lineup of musicians featured on We the People includes such notables as trombonist Josh Roseman, trumpeter Fabio ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
In the late '90s, it looked like the concept of "acid jazz" was going to catch on. The idea was to create jazz so funky and rhythmic that it would be danced to in clubs and perhaps even catch on big commercially. Most groups that became involved in acid jazz de-emphasized the jazz in favor of mundane rhythms, going for the potential money at the expense of the music. Groove Collective struck a better balance, keeping the funk going much of the time (when they were not playing Afro-Cuban jazz), but also having some sound explorations and some strong solos. The lineup of musicians featured on We the People includes such notables as trombonist Josh Roseman, trumpeter Fabio Morgera, and vibraphonist Bill Ware III. The problem with We the People, other than the throwaway rap on "I Am," is that none of the pieces is particularly worthy. The playing is stronger than the writing and, while one can enjoy the grooves and some of the more colorful moments, there is nothing about this music that is particularly memorable. It probably worked much better in dance clubs but, even then, if the songs had been more distinctive and catchy, it might have resulted in acid jazz becoming a significant style of music instead of just a nice try.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/1996
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 011105018722
  • Catalog Number: 187

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jay Wrestles the Bari Constrictor, Pt. 1 (1:20)
  2. 2 Loisaida (5:51)
  3. 3 Lift Off (4:25)
  4. 4 Everybody (We the People) (4:54)
  5. 5 Fly (7:50)
  6. 6 Sneaky (6:45)
  7. 7 I Am (4:25)
  8. 8 Caterpillar (4:15)
  9. 9 Hide It (4:51)
  10. 10 Anthem (5:06)
  11. 11 Sedate (5:16)
  12. 12 Jay Wrestles the Bari Constrictor, Pt. 2/Nightwaves (14:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Groove Collective Primary Artist
Fabio Morgera Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Bill Ware Piano, Vocals, Vibes, fender rhodes
Jonathan Maron Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocoder, Memory Moog
Adam Rogers Electric Guitar
Itaal Shur Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ, Vocals, fender rhodes
Genji Siraisi Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Vocoder
Richard Worth Flute, Shakuhachi, Alto Flute, Piccolo, Vocals, Kalimba
Gordon "Nappy G" Clay Percussion, Bongos, Timbales, Vocals, talking drum
Vinia Mojica Vocals, Background Vocals
Josh Roseman Guitar, Trombone, Keyboards, Vocals
Jay Rodriguez Bass, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Berimbau, Gaita
McBabee Power Vocals
Technical Credits
Groove Collective Producer
Tommy LiPuma Executive Producer
George Marino Mastering
Jonathan Maron Arranger
Itaal Shur Programming, Producer
Genji Siraisi Arranger, Programming, Producer
Richard Worth Arranger
Laurie Goldman Art Direction
Jay Denes Producer, Engineer
Hiroyuki Sanada Engineer
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