New releases // Mar 2, 2018

Guru

Jazzmatazz Vol. 1 (25th Anniversary Edition)

  • 25th anniversary edition Cool blue vinyl, limited to 5,000 numbered copies.
RELEASE DATE // Mar 2, 2018
12" Album / Music On Vinyl / Hip Hop, Jazz, Downtempo
Jazzmatazz Vol.1 was one of the first albums to draw a direction connection between hip hop and its jazz roots. Guru was able to enlist an all-star cast of jazz musicians including saxophonist Branford Marsalis, trumpeter Donald Byrd, vibraphonist Roy Ayers, guitarist Ronny Jordan and keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith. The Brand New Heavies' N'Dea Davenport and French rapper MC Solaar contributed vocals as well. Fundamentally a hip hop album at its core, Jazzmatazz Vol.1 is most distinct for the live instrumentation provided by jazz legends. This was a few years before The Roots would have their first real breakthrough with Do You Want More?!!!??! and two decades before Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly. Yes, the rhymes can leave a little bit to be desired, but Guru's slick, laidback presence on the mic is as cool as it was on Step In The Arena, and Jazzmatazz succeeds as a trailblazing concept that paved the way for many other artists. Twelve tracks in all.
Tracklist: 1. Introduction
2. Loungin'
3. When You're Near
4. Transit Ride
5. No Time To Play
6. Down The Backstreets
7. Respectful Dedications
8. Take A Look (At Yourself)
9. Trust Me
10. Slicker Than Most
11. Le Bien, Le Mal
12. Sights In The City

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