Jazzmatazz 2 (Hol)


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    Jazzmatazz 2 (Hol) Chrysalis Records

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Review Text 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. ~ Adam Greenberg

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Intro/Light It Up
  2. 2. Jazzalude I
  3. 3. New Reality Style
  4. 4. Lifesaver
  5. 5. Living In This World
  6. 6. Looking Through Darkness
  7. 7. Skit A
  8. 8. Watch What You Say
  9. 9. Jazzalude II
  10. 10. Defining Purpose
  11. 11. For You
  12. 12. Insert A (Mental Relaxation)
  13. 13. Medicine
  14. 14. Lost Souls
  15. 15. Insert B (The Real Deal)
  16. 16. Nobody Knows
  17. 17. Jazzalude III
  18. 18. Hip Hop As A Way Of Life
  19. 19. Respect The Architect
  20. 20. Feel The Music
  21. 21. Young Ladies
  22. 22. Traveller
  23. 23. Jazzalude IV
  24. 24. Count Your Blessings
  25. 25. Choice Of Weapons
  26. 26. Something In The Past
  27. 27. Skit B (A Lot On My Mind)
  28. 28. Revelation

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