Guru’s ‘Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1’ is one of the first albums combining a live jazz band with hip hop, released on May 18, 1993 by Chrysalis Records.
Track Listing : 1.Introduction- 01:20 . 2.Loungin’- 04:38 . 3.When You’Re Near- 04:02 . [“Last Night Changed It All (I Really Had A Ball)” By Esther Williams & “Povo” By Freddie Hubbard] . 4.Transit Ride – 03:58 . [ “Synthetic Substitution” By Melvin Bliss.] . 5.No Time To Play – 04:54 . [“Satin Soul” By Love Unlimited Orchestra & “Mosadi (Woman)” By The Crusaders] . 6.Down The Backstreets – 04:47 . 7.Respectful Dedications – :54 . 8.Take A Look (At Yourself) – 03:59 . [“Book Of Slim” By Gene Harris And The Three Sounds] . 9.Trust Me- 04:27 . [“Funky President” By James Brown, “Synthetic Substitution” By Melvin Bliss & “Big Beat” By Billy Squier] . 10.Slicker Than Most- 02:36 . [“It Feels So Good” By Grover Washington, Jr.] . 11.Le Bien, Le Mal – 03:21 . 12.Sights In The City- 05:10
Musicians : Guru – Vocals . Lil’ Dap – Live Drums . Roy Ayers – Vibraslap, Vibraphone On (8) . Courtney Pine – Flute, Saxophone, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano) On (12) . Lonnie Liston Smith – Piano, Keyboards, Piano (Electric) On (6) . Ronny Jordan – Guitar On (5) . Mc Solaar – Vocals On (11) . Carleen Anderson – Vocals On (12) . Gary Barnacle – Flute, Saxophone On (10) . Zachary Breaux – Guitar On (4) . Donald Byrd – Piano, Trumpet On (2) . N’Dea Davenport – Vocals On (3 – 9) . Simon The Funky Ginger Law – Keyboards On (2 – 12) . D.C. Lee – Vocals On (5) . Branford Marsalis – Saxophone On (4) . Dj Jazzy Nice – Scratches . Dj Jimmy Jay – Scratches . Black Jack – Additional Vocals . Mickey Mus Mus – Additional Vocals . The Cutthroats – Additional Vocals . Big Shug – Additional Vocals On (5)
Production : Produced By Guru . Zdar Cerbonschi – Engineer . James B. Mansfield – Engineer . Joe Quinde – Engineer . Kieran Walsh – Engineer . James Bell – Engineer . Craig Marcus – Engineer . Doug Boehm – Assistant Engineer . David Carpenter – Assistant Engineer . Luke Allen – Assistant Engineer
Package : Henry Marquez – Art Direction . Diane Cuddy – Design . Bill Adler – Liner Notes . Marc Villalonga – Photography . Michael Benabib – Photography
Recorded 1992-1993 At D&D Studios, New York, New York & Emi Music Studios, London.
Released On May 18, 1993 By Chrysalis Records.
His 1993 Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 is a fixture in my Top 10 albums of all-timeand singlehandedly proved the roots of hip-hop were just as much jazz as they were funk. Those of us who grew up on early beatboxers like The Fat Boys and Doug E. Fresh always felt the jazz influence just below the surface of the emerging rap genre. Guru (aka, Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal) was simply among the first to fuse it together […]
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ForumOvert jazz/rap projects tend to water down both genres and generally not really attract the cutting edge artists or luminaries. In saying that i’ve disliked most jazz/rap collabos that i’ve heard (especially those from the early nineties) so the usual ‘just my opinion/personal taste’ disclaimer applies. […]
Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 (and what turned out to be the best of the series) is a rap album for jazz fans and a jazz album for rap fans, skillful and smart, clean when it needs to be and gritty when that’s more effective, helping to legitimize hip-hop to those who doubted itand making for an altogether important release. […]