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Guru – Jazzmatazz Volume II The New Reality (2015)

Artist: Guru
Title Of Album: Jazzmatazz Volume II The New Reality
Year Of Release: 1995 / 2015
Label: Virgin Records America Inc
Genre: Hip-Hop, Jazz
Quality: MP3 CBR 320 kbps
Tracks: 20
Total Time: 01:13:26
Total Size: 187 MB

01. Guru – Light It Up (Intro) / New Reality Style (Jazzalude 1) (01:44)
02. Guru – Lifesaver (04:13)
03. Guru – Living in This World (04:29)
04. Guru – Looking Through Darkness (04:48)
05. Guru – Watch What You Say (Interview) (05:03)
06. Guru – Defining Purpose (Jazzalude II) (01:02)
07. Guru – For You (04:01)
08. Guru – Medicine (Mental Relaxation) (04:19)
09. Guru – Lost Souls (04:12)
10. Guru – Nobody Knows (The Real Deal) (03:58)
11. Guru – Hip Hop As a Way of Life (Jazzalude III) (01:17)
12. Guru – Respect the Architect (04:51)
13. Guru – Feel the Music (03:58)
14. Guru – Young Ladies (04:12)
15. Guru – The Traveler (04:01)
16. Guru – Maintaining Focus (Jazzalude IV) (01:17)
17. Guru – Count Your Blessings (03:32)
18. Guru – Choice of Weapons (04:24)
19. Guru – Something in the Past (03:19)
20. Guru – Revelation (Alot On My Mind) (04:35)

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.


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