Guru's Jazzmatazz - Best Of Guru's Jazzmatazz (CD)

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Categories
JazzR&BHip-HopMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. R&B
  3. Underground/Alt Rap
Number of Discs
1
Copy Control
No
Number of Items
1
Media Type
CD
Title
The Best of Guru's Jazzmatazz [PA]
Media
CD
BarCode
5099951905927
Country of Origin
USA
Label
Virgin
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Barcode
5099951905927
Previews

Q (Magazine) (p.147) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Guru raps over a live band with guest appearances....The concept has produced some top-notch and memorable hip hop."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Guru's rap] can beautifully complement individual vocalists such as Erykah Badu and Kelis, who bring delightful lasciviousness to their guest turns....This is a studied and respectful fusion of styles."

Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] No Time To Play
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Trust Me
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Slicker Than Most
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Down The Backstreets
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Sights In The City
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Loungin'
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Respect The Architect
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Watch What You Say
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Lost Souls
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Choice Of Weapons
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Looking Through Darkness
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Keep Your Worries (Street Version) (Explicit)
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Supa Love
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Lift Your Fist
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Plenty (Explicit)
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Choices
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] Loungin' (Jazz Not Jazz Mix)
  18. [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Respect The Architect (Buckwild Remix)
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] No Time to Play
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Trust Me
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Slicker Than Most
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Down the Backstreets
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Sights in the City
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Loungin'
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Respect the Architect
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Watch What You Say
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Lost Souls
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Choice of Weapons
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Looking Through Darkness
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Keep Your Worries
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Supa Love
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Lift Your Fist
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Plenty
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Choices - (bonus track)
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] Loungin' - (Jazz Not Jazz mix, bonus track)
  18. [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Respect the Architect - (Buckwild Remix, Buckwild remix, bonus track)
Genre
R&B / Soul
Release Date
5 February 2008
Duration
78m 17s
Country
UK
Notes
Credit Guru for keeping his career alive and relevant after he and DJ Premier moved on in their careers apart from one another. The first album from his Jazzmatazz series, out in 1993, was a fresh, invigorating look at the possibilities of hip-hop, right smack in the Native Tongues era of the genre, when the smoother beats of Tribe and De La Soul ran supreme. Unfortunately, the subsequent releases didn't quite live up to the innovation and interest of the original, but this, a collection of tracks from the first three installments, is still a decent look back at what he's done. The Best of Guru's Jazzmatazz doesn't pull any material from after 2000, but the lack of anything from Vol. 4 (which was decent enough in its own right, but hardly jazz) doesn't hurt the compilation. The MC's ability to attract top-name jazz and soul artists is certainly impressive, as everyone from Erykah Badu to Ramsey Lewis to N'Dea Davenport to Lonnie Liston Smith have made appearances throughout the years (and are all included here), and though his own rapping abilities can be shaky at times, The Best Of captures him and his friends at their strongest and most inspired. However, there is a definite style progression as the album makes its way through its 18 tracks (three of which -- the remixes of "Respect the Architect" and "Loungin'," and "Choices" from the 2000 Laurence Fishburne film Once in the Life -- are bonuses). By the time "Supa Love," which features Kelis and is from Streetsoul, arrives, it's a little unclear why the series was still called Jazzmatazz at all, and though the other guests here (the Roots, Badu) sound good, the songs diverge wildly from what Guru had attempted with his earlier, actually jazz-driven numbers. That being said, The Best Of still does a pretty decent job of conveying Guru's overall vision and (post-Gang Starr) career, even if Vol. 1 is a better and more fulfilling listen and musical endeavor. ~ Marisa Brown
Date Released
2008-02-01 00:00:00
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Studio
Video Disabled
0
Performer
Guru
Producer
Frank Collura (Compilation)
Artists
  1. Guru's Jazzmatazz
Distributor
EMI Music Distribution
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