Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped, Vol. 3

Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped, Vol. 3

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There is a long tradition in jazz (not much in evidence in the early 2000s, it's true) of taking familiar pop songs as the basis of jazz improvisation. And there is a long tradition in middle-of-the-road pop (also not much followed these days) of recording albums of the hits of the day in easy listening style. The Hidden Beach recording company attempts to restore these traditions with its Unwrapped series, now reaching its third volume. The twist here is that the company has smooth jazz artists record instrumental treatments of recent rap hits. The problem, of course, is that rap hits place such an emphasis on the raps themselves, with the musical underpinning often little more than a steady beat plus a sampled excerpt from some familiar song, so that when you strip off the rap, what you have left is very little music, and that's usually borrowed. Producers Darryl Ross and Tony Joseph are not disturbed by this, however. After all, the steady rhythm tracks are often not all that different from those constructed in smooth jazz. So, why not, for example, have violinist Karen Briggs and electric guitarist Peter Black improvise over the instrumental bed for Eminem's "Lose Yourself"? Or let keyboardist Jeff Lorber and guitarist Dennis Nelson loose on the underlying rhythm of 50 Cent's "P.I.M.P."? In his liner notes,Hidden Beach executive Steve McKeever defensively claims that "the whole purpose of these CDs is not to 'water down' hip-hop, but to pay homage to it." Of course, this is just semantics. The Unwrapped series remains a collection of recordings for people forced to listen to rap in their daily lives who wish those rappers would just shut up and maybe be replaced by a saxophone solo, just as some people in the 1960s preferred listening to Ray Conniff play orchestral treatments of the Top 40 than the actual hit recordings. If the intention is not to "water down" hip-hop, it certainly is to make it more palatable, which is just about the same thing. (The CD is enhanced, containing a music video full of vintage black-and-white footage of jazz greats and a portion of the St. Lucia Jazz Festival featuring the Unwrapped All-Stars.)

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/2004
Label: Hidden Beach
UPC: 0827969095027
catalogNumber: 90950
Rank: 60355

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Unwrapped   Primary Artist
Jeff Lorber   Organ,Keyboards,Soloist
Karen Briggs   Violin,Soloist
Peter Black   Guitar,Soloist
Kathleen Dyson   Guitar
Andrew Gouche   Bass,Soloist
Richard G. Johnson   Background Vocals
Scott Mayo   Saxophone,Soloist
Dennis Nelson   Guitar,spanish guitar,Soloist
Darryl Ross   Vocals,Background Vocals
Frank-Ski   Vocals
Lou Taylor   Flute,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Horn Section
Tony Joseph   Vocals
Dionne Gipson   Background Vocals
Richard Turner   Piano,Vibes,Soloist
Jeff Bradshaw   Trombone,Soloist
Victoria Green   Background Vocals
Tamika Peoples   Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Litterall   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist,Horn Section

Technical Credits

Ernie Isley   Composer
Joe Perry   Composer
Minnie Riperton   Composer
Skinny Dennis Anderson   Art Direction
Roger Ball   Composer
Jeff Bass   Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
James Mtume   Composer
Darryl McDaniels   Composer
Steve McKeever   Executive Producer
Ali Shaheed Muhammad   Composer
Luis Resto   Composer
Darryl Ross   Producer,Executive Producer
Richard Rudolph   Composer
Roger   Composer
Steven Tyler   Composer
Leon Ware   Composer
Owen McIntyre   Composer
Lauryn Hill   Composer
Mike Elizondo   Composer
Karriem Riggins   Composer
Andre Young   Composer
Malik Taylor   Composer
Calvin Broadus   Composer
Kamaal Fareed   Composer
Antwan Patton   Composer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Composer
Chad Hugo   Composer
Christopher Wallace   Composer
Patrick "Sleepy" Brown   Composer
Tony Joseph   Producer,Executive Producer
Ricardo "Rick Rock" Thomas   Composer
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Delmar "Daz" Arnaud   Composer
Denaun Porter   Composer
Rashia Fisher   Composer
Curtis Jackson   Composer
Tupac Shakur   Composer
Andwele Gardner   Composer
Joseph Simmons   Composer
Lawrence Smith   Composer
Brandon "Bird" Parrott   Composer
Etterlene Jordan   Composer
Darryl Anderson   Composer
Trevor Smith   Composer
Jason Powers   Composer

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