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Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The Hip Hop Jazz Messenger: Back to the Future


  • 1. Cuz I'm Jazzy
    2. State of Clarity
    3. Stand Up (Some Things'll Never Change)
    4. Look to the Sun (Solar)
    5. Connection
    6. Fine and Free
    7. Wait on Me
    8. International
    9. This Is Art
    10. Fly Magnetic
    11. Jazz Style, The
    12. Follow the Signs
    13. Universal Struggle
    14. Infinite
    15. Kissed the World
    16. Living Legend
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): VVR 1046852

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    The fourth installment in the stellar JAZZMATAZZ series finds Baldhead Slick in top form, carrying on the tradition of that old jazz-influenced boom-bap that he pioneered in the 1990s as half of Gang Starr. While it does feature appearances from a few jazz legends like Bob James and David Sanborn, JAZZMATAZZ IV is lighter on big-name players than previous installments (which featured participation from the likes of Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, and Isaac Hayes). This time around, the jazzy feel comes primarily from Superproducer Solar's production style, which utilizes a bevy of soul loops and samples resulting in a feel-good hip-hop sound--a little lighter than that of the Guru/Premier combo. Much like JAZZMATAZZ III: STREETSOUL, part four also ventures successfully into R&B and reggae territory with guest vocals from Raheem DeVaughn, Shelley Harland, Vivian Green, Dionne Ferris, Kem, Bobby Valentino, and Damian Marley, while Guru passes the mic to fellow MCs Slum Village, Common, and Blackalicious. Overall, the diverse musical styles and artists involved gel nicely enough that JAZZMATAZZ IV should please fans of hip-hop, nu-jazz, neo-soul, and everything in between.

  • Critic Reviews
    XXL (Magazine) (p.133) - "[J]azz favorite David Sanborn's sax serenades the cool 'Living Legend' and Bob James' keyboard skills accentuate the blaxploitation soul of 'State of Clarity'..."
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