Work It

Work It

by StreetwizeStreetwize


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The second album from smooth jazz supergroup Streetwize is another stellar mix of funky urban chart-hits redone by Shanachie label sax star Kim Waters and friends. Featuring songs made popular by the likes of Gerald LeVert, Jennifer Lopez, and others, Work It! should serve as a revelation for smooth jazz fans and naysayers alike. It's not that the music here is really that different from most pop-jazz; the arrangements basically sound like the originals with some instrumental sections substituted for vocal verses. But by retaining the choruses -- redone by the likes of Masya and Charles Smith -- and production techniques including heavy bass, danceable drum beats, and buzzing hip-hop keyboards, the jazz soloists can take center stage against tracks as funky, if not more so than the originals. Trumpeter Randy Brecker waxes Donald Byrd over Kimberly Waters chanting "Is it worth it, let me work it/I put my thang down, flip it and reverse it" on Missy Elliott's "Work It." Kim Waters' takes on Nelly's role against the lead vocals of Rosanna Vitro on the Kelly Rowland hit "Dilemma." Other stand-out tracks include the quiet storm-ready version of LeVert's "Funny" and guitarist Wayne Bruce's infectious feature on "Luv U Better." This is a fun, street-savvy album that updates the notion of how smooth jazz can be presented.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/2003
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351510020
catalogNumber: 5100
Rank: 179183

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Streetwize   Primary Artist
Nestor Torres   Flute
Roseanna Vitro   Sampling
Randy Brecker   Flugelhorn
Wayne Bruce   Guitar
Chuck Loeb   Guitar
Emedin Rivera   Percussion
James Waters   Bass
Charles Edward Smith   Background Vocals
Dave Mann   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Gerald Levert   Composer
Lionel Richie   Composer
Kim Waters   Producer,Instrumentation
Bunny Sigler   Composer
S. Barnes   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
L. Parker   Composer
James Poyser   Composer
Lonnie Simmons   Composer
Danny Weiss   Executive Producer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer
Erykah Badu   Composer
Missy Elliott   Composer
Todd D. Smith   Composer
Madukwu Chinwah   Composer
Niles McKinney   Composer
Alisa Yarbrough   Composer
Randall Bowland   Composer
A. Fischer   Composer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Troy Oliver   Composer
Chad Hugo   Composer
Jennifer Lopez   Composer
S. Sanders   Composer
Jonah Ellis   Composer
Nelly   Composer
Cameron Giles   Composer
Andre "Mister Deyo" Deyo   Composer
LaRon James   Composer

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