Shades of Blue

Shades of Blue

by MadlibMadlib


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As a hip-hop studio rat, Madlib's always been a jazzbo. From the post-bop rhythm section feel of his beats and loops to the one-man electro-fusion records he makes as Yesterdays New Quintet, this West Coast producer is bent on proving jazz's majesty in hip-hop's labyrinth -- without coming off dull or "jazzy." Here, he's got the tools to do so. Shades of Blue, Madlib's Lego-like reconstruction of the Blue Note Records catalog, is the result of a kid messing about in a museum, grabbing leaflets, twisting knobs, asking questions, and coming to conclusions no one's considered before. Part of the time, Madlib remixes and tweaks label classics, bringing a '70s party cool to the fore in Ronnie Foster's minor funk "Mystic Brew" and giving trumpeter Donald Byrd's oft-sampled "Stepping into Tomorrow" a heavy Philly soul groove. Other times, he covers songs under pseudonyms: The Joe McDuphrey Experience, a cut-up keyboard "trio," creates an electric haze from a medley of Horace Silver's "Peace" and Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance," and YNQ presents a swirling, three-percussion reading of Wayne Shorter's "Footprints." What such tracks lose in standard-jazz pacing, they more than make up in a psychedelic hip-hop vibe -- the continuous mix showing off Madlib's skills as player, collagist, DJ, historian. He's turning your grandfather's Blue Note into a whole new bag.

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Release Date: 06/24/2003
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724353644727
catalogNumber: 36447
Rank: 23464

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