Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2 (The New Reality)

Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2 (The New Reality)

by GuruGuru

CD(Dutch Import)

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The follow-up to the heavily acclaimed Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1. This album might not have quite as much jazz-rap power as the first volume did, but it's still quite good. Some of the big guns of jazz found their way into the album, including Branford Marsalis (who, of course, had already experimented with urban beats a bit with his Buckshot Lefonque project), Freddie Hubbard, Ramsey Lewis, and Kenny Garrett. Underground rapper Kool Keith (at this point still a member of the Ultramagnetics) also makes an appearance. Dancehall reggae princess Patra is included on a track, as are Chaka Khan and Me'Shell N'Degeocello; Jamiroquai helps out in another. In some ways, the personnel on this album may be slightly superior to the first outing, but the music also seems a tiny bit blander. Still, what makes the Jazzmatazz albums special is the live synthesis of jazz and rap. With Guru's vocals over the top of live jazz performers (as opposed the usual samples), interplay is facilitated between the two, and thus a whole new dimension is added to the fusion. For someone interested in jazz-rap in general, the first album is a higher priority (as would be Us3's albums, with extensive Blue Note sampling), but this album is still high on the list.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2005
Label: Imports
UPC: 0724383482023
catalogNumber: 8348202


  1. Intro/Light It Up
  2. Jazzalude I
  3. New Reality Style
  4. Lifesaver
  5. Living In This World
  6. Looking Through Darkness
  7. Skit A
  8. Watch What You Say
  9. Jazzalude II
  10. Defining Purpose
  11. For You
  12. Insert A (Mental Relaxation)
  13. Medicine
  14. Lost Souls
  15. Insert B (The Real Deal)
  16. Nobody Knows
  17. Jazzalude III
  18. Hip Hop As A Way Of Life
  19. Respect The Architect
  20. Feel The Music
  21. Young Ladies
  22. Traveller
  23. Jazzalude IV
  24. Count Your Blessings
  25. Choice Of Weapons
  26. Something In The Past
  27. Skit B (A Lot On My Mind)
  28. Revelation

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guru   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ramsey Lewis   Piano,Moog Synthesizer
Donald Byrd   Trumpet,Piano
Chaka Khan   Vocals
Kenny Garrett   Saxophone,fender rhodes
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Ini Kamoze   Vocals
Jason Kay   Vocals
Jan Kincaid   Piano
Branford Marsalis   Saxophone
Meshell Ndegeocello   Bass,Vocals
Dennis Mitchell   Keyboards
Shara Nelson   Vocals
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Dennis Rodriguez   Keyboards
Stuart Zender   Bass
Patra   Vocals
Big Shug   Vocals
Dee C. Lee   Vocals
Baybe   Vocals
DJ Red Handed   scratching,Turntables
DJ Scratch   scratching,Turntables
DJ Sean-Ski   scratching,Turntables
Gus Da Vigilante   Vocals
Brian Holt   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Lucien   Vocals
J. Rodriguez   Clarinet,Flute
Sweet Sable   Vocals
True Master   Vocals
Bahamadia   Vocals
Kool Keith   Vocals
Wallace Collins   Didjeridu
Darren Galea   Tenor Saxophone
Sikken Moov   Vocals
Bu   Vocals
Mica Paris   Vocals
Courtney Pine   Flute,Saxophone
Ronny Jordan   Guitar
Reuben Wilson   Organ
Marc Antoine   Guitar
Jez Colin   Bass
Derrick Davis   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Willie McNeil   Drums
Shawn Lee   Drums
Paul Ferguson   Piano

Technical Credits

Guru   Arranger,Producer,Composer
Donald Byrd   Producer
Rob Caprio   Engineer
DJ Premier   Producer
Bill-Dog Dooley   Engineer
Steve Gursky   Engineer
Benny Jones   Engineer
Dennis Mitchell   Engineer
Leo Morris   Engineer
Joe Quinde   Engineer
Eddie Sancho   Engineer
Kieran Walsh   Engineer
Jamiroquai   Contributor
Solsonics   Producer
Ken "Duro" Ifill   Engineer
Carlos Bess   Engineer
Mike Chukes   Engineer
J.B.   Engineer
Nikke Nicole   Producer
Mark Sparks   Producer
True Master   Producer
Yoram Vanan   Engineer
Yoram Vazan   Engineer
Henry Marquez   Art Direction
Kenneth Ifil   Engineer
Leo Swift Morris   Engineer
Choko   Creative Input
Gordon Franklin   Creative Input
Panchi Da Wild Comanchi   Creative Input
Mike Rone   Creative Input
Ben Jones   Engineer
Ronny Jordan   Producer
Keith Elam   Executive Producer
Neale Easterby   Executive Producer
Patrick Moxey   Executive Producer

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