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Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The Hip Hop Jazz Messenger - Back To The Future

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Intro-don Gurizzy
Artist: GURU, Slum Village
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Cuz I'm Jazzy
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State Of Clarity
Artist: Bob James, Common, GURU
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Stand Up (Some Things'll Never Change)
Artist: Damian Marley, GURU
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Look To The Sun
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Connection
Artist: GURU, Kem
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Fine And Free
Artist: GURU, Vivian Green
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Wait On Me
Artist: GURU, Raheem DeVaughn
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International
Artist: Bobby Valentino, GURU
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This Is Art
Artist: GURU, Ronnie Laws
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Fly Magnetic
Artist: Dionne Farris, GURU
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The Jazz Style
Artist: GURU, Omar
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Follow The Signs
Artist: GURU, Shelley Harland
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Universal Struggle
Artist: Brownman, GURU
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Infinite
Artist: Blackalicious, GURU
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Kissed The World
Artist: Caron Wheeler, GURU
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Living Legend
Artist: David Sanborn, GURU
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 17   Total Length: 58:10

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Don't support 7Grand Records/Solar

cgigante

So-called "superproducer Solar" is a criminal who is profiting off of the sad death of Guru. All $ from 7Grand releases (including the previous 3 installments of Jazzmatazz, whose rights are now under the control of 7Grand) is going straight to Solar. Do no support this criminal organization. Rest in peace, Guru. You deserved a better partner than Solar.

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The ? Still Remainz

NelsonHandela

As you once told me... To my mans above the clouds....One of the best that ever did it. R.I.P.

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I like it

kingwaverton

I like it. I like hearing Common et al on an album that is someone else's 'production concept' from start to finish. But maybe I have shitty taste?

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Unbelievable!

EMUSIC-00D3B51F

Hey Guru, why just don't you stop making music and live of your savings for a while till you have a good idea again...This is boring and is stealing time from Hip-Hop Acid Jazz aficionados! In the early 90's I really had hope for contemporary music. Back to classical music...

They Say All Music Guide

Although Guru’s been putting out new editions in his Jazzmatazz series for almost 15 years now, none of the releases has gotten quite the same amount of acclaim as 1993′s Vol. 1, which was one of the first examples, and certainly the best, of how actual live jazz could be used and mixed with hip-hop. He collected a wide selection of players and vocalists and ended up with what has been one of the most respected rap albums ever, with a trans-genre appeal that’s been hard to match. Vol. 4 continues in this direction, though more often than not the jazzy horn breaks and piano grooves are replaced with more contemporary sounding beats. This isn’t to say that the production’s not good here (it’s done entirely by a very skillful Solar), but it ventures into more straightforward hip-hop territory than most of the other volumes did. “Kissed the World,” a witty anti-Bush track, uses a poppy piano line and synth strings, while “Stand Up (Somethings’ll Never Change)” features Damien Marley and mixes Afro drum rhythms with Marley’s reggae call. “Follow the Signs” is more guitar-based than any other song, and “Connection” has a smooth R&B feel. Guru, of course, holds his own on the mic, and though his lyrics do tend to veer towards the typical braggadocio, he has enough history behind him, as well as some pretty good lines (“I serve a rapper like an ace from Agassi,”) he spits on “Infinite,” which features Blackalicious’ Gift of Gab and is one of the best tracks on the entire album as he employs insightful social commentary to back these statements up. Jazzmatazz is the MC’s baby, and at this point is funded by him and his company, 7 Grand Records, but he doesn’t let this take him overboard. He’s clearly dedicated to it, yes, but he’s experienced and talented enough to keep it from being a project of indulgence, using outside help (besides Gab and Marley, Common and David Sanborn, among others, also show up here) to keep the ideas and sounds interesting to all those — listeners included — involved, and making, ultimately, for a successful accomplishment. – Marisa Brown

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