Blue Break Beats Vol 0694

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Review Text Publishing can be an incredibly lucrative field. Whenever a rapper sampled a recording in the '80s and '90s, the person who owned the publishing stood to make some big bucks -- that is, if the rapper had permission. Some MCs made the mistake of sampling tunes without permission, which resulted in major lawsuits. When Blue Note/Capitol assembled this collection of soul-jazz and jazz-funk in 1993, it encouraged hip-hop, urban contemporary, and acid jazz artists to sample the recordings (which span 1967-1975). But it also stressed that legal clearance would be required -- unless, of course, you wanted to face a lawsuit. And asking for permission is most definitely the right thing to do; as many dues as veteran jazz artists have paid, they certainly deserve monetary compensation whenever their work is sampled (assuming they kept their publishing). Not everything on Blue Break Beats, Vol. 2 is a masterpiece, but overall, it's an enjoyable collection of soul-jazz and jazz-funk. Most of the tunes are from the Blue Note vaults, although Gerald Wilson's infectious, Latin-flavored "Viva Tirado" (which became a big hit for El Chicano in 1970) was actually recorded for Pacific Jazz. None of this material is for jazz purists or bop snobs; Blue Break Beats, Vol. 2 is strictly for those who like their jazz laced with a lot of R&B, and listeners who fit that description are the ones who can appreciate funky, groove-oriented numbers like Lou Donaldson's "The Caterpillar," Grant Green's "Ain't It Funky Now," and Donald Byrd's "Beale Street." Make no mistake: what you hear on this CD is a commercial approach to jazz. But commercial doesn't necessarily mean bad, and for the most part, Blue Break Beats, Vol. 2 demonstrates that jazz can be accessible and still have integrity. ~ Alex Henderson

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Street Lady - 6:39
  2. 2. Jasper Country Man - 5:17
  3. 3. Kumquat Kids - 5:32
  4. 4. Higga Boom - 6:00
  5. 5. Orange Peel - 7:36
  6. 6. Worm - 3:24
  7. 7. Caterpillar - 7:52
  8. 8. Ain't It Funky Now - 10:54
  9. 9. Ummh - 8:45
  10. 10. Good Humour Man - 6:39
  11. 11. Beale Street - 5:24
  12. 12. Viva Tirado - 6:44

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