Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2 (The New Reality)

Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2 (The New Reality)

by Guru
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Overview

Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2 (The New Reality)

The follow-up to the heavily acclaimed Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1. This album might not have quite as much jazz-rap power as the first volume did, but it's still quite good. Some of the big guns of jazz found their way into the album, including Branford Marsalis (who, of course, had already experimented with urban beats a bit with his Buckshot Lefonque project), Freddie Hubbard, Ramsey Lewis, and Kenny Garrett. Underground rapper Kool Keith (at this point still a member of the Ultramagnetics) also makes an appearance. Dancehall reggae princess Patra is included on a track, as are Chaka Khan and Me'Shell N'Degeocello; Jamiroquai helps out in another. In some ways, the personnel on this album may be slightly superior to the first outing, but the music also seems a tiny bit blander. Still, what makes the Jazzmatazz albums special is the live synthesis of jazz and rap. With Guru's vocals over the top of live jazz performers (as opposed the usual samples), interplay is facilitated between the two, and thus a whole new dimension is added to the fusion. For someone interested in jazz-rap in general, the first album is a higher priority (as would be Us3's albums, with extensive Blue Note sampling), but this album is still high on the list.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/18/1995
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724383429028
catalogNumber: 34290

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guru   Primary Artist,Vocals
Derrick Davis   Alto Saxophone,Flute
Jez Colin   Bass
Brian Holt   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Meshell Ndegeocello   Bass,Vocals
Stuart Zender   Bass
J. Rodriguez   Clarinet,Flute
Wallace Collins   Didjeridu
Shawn Lee   Drums
Willie McNeil   Drums
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Kenny Garrett   fender rhodes,Saxophone
Courtney Pine   Flute,Saxophone
Marc Antoine   Guitar
Ronny Jordan   Guitar
Dennis Mitchell   Keyboards
Dennis Rodriguez   Keyboards
Ramsey Lewis   Moog Synthesizer,Piano
Reuben Wilson   Organ
Donald Byrd   Piano,Trumpet
Jan Kincaid   Piano
Branford Marsalis   Saxophone
DJ Red Handed   scratching,Turntables
DJ Scratch   scratching,Turntables
DJ Sean-Ski   scratching,Turntables
Darren Galea   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Bahamadia   Vocals
Baybe   Vocals
Bu   Vocals
Ini Kamoze   Vocals
Jason Kay   Vocals
Kool Keith   Vocals
Chaka Khan   Vocals
Dee C. Lee   Vocals
Lucien   Vocals
True Master   Vocals
Sikken Moov   Vocals
Shara Nelson   Vocals
Mica Paris   Vocals
Patra   Vocals
Sweet Sable   Vocals
Big Shug   Vocals
Gus Da Vigilante   Vocals
Paul Ferguson   Piano

Technical Credits

Guru   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Henry Marquez   Art Direction
Jamiroquai   Contributor
Choko   Creative Input
Panchi Da Wild Comanchi   Creative Input
Gordon Franklin   Creative Input
Mike Rone   Creative Input
Carlos Bess   Engineer
Rob Caprio   Engineer
Mike Chukes   Engineer
Bill-Dog Dooley   Engineer
Steve Gursky   Engineer
Kenneth Ifil   Engineer
Ken "Duro" Ifill   Engineer
J.B.   Engineer
Ben Jones   Engineer
Benny Jones   Engineer
Dennis Mitchell   Engineer
Leo Morris   Engineer
Leo Swift Morris   Engineer
Joe Quinde   Engineer
Eddie Sancho   Engineer
Yoram Vanan   Engineer
Yorum Vazan   Engineer
Kieran Walsh   Engineer
Donald Byrd   Producer
Ronny Jordan   Producer
True Master   Producer
Nikke Nicole   Producer
DJ Premier   Producer
Solsonics   Producer
Mark Sparks   Producer
Neale Easterby   Executive Producer
Keith Elam   Executive Producer
Patrick Moxey   Executive Producer

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Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2 (The New Reality) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the Jazzmatazz albums are great but vol.2 is the cream! If u want real music check this album........
Guest More than 1 year ago
That one word alone is all that needs to be said about Guru's second offering in the Jazzmatazz series. The way hip hop and jazz are fused together here are breath-taking. You can tell the music on this record was inspired by A Tribe Called Quest's ''Low End Theory''(as was every other album at the time).