This Just In: Jazzmatazz

Excited to kick off the weekend with an essential hip-hop reissue from back in ’93 – Guru’s Jazzmatazz Vol. 1. Calling it “hip-hop” isn’t entirely accurate though, as it’s technically “jazz-rap,” and one of the first albums to ever combine the two styles. It’s definitely a pioneering release, especially since the jazz collaborators on it are legit, disavowing many people’s assumptions that rap isn’t/can’t be “serious” music. Seems cats like Branford Marsalis, Donald Byrd and Roy Ayers we’re happy to put their names and talents in this, and it can’t get  more “serious” than that. The “jazz-rap” style would continue on and become a staple amongst true heads and talented producers. Another severely popular title in the style (that we sell a ton of) is Shades Of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note. Take a listen to Jazzmatazz below, and come nab it (along with that Madlib record and some other new in-stock goodies) to make your weekend smoooooooth. -MLE

Guru – Jazzmatazz Vol. 1 LP
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“Though it can reasonably be argued that rap grew almost directly out of funk and its particular beat, there are a lot of overlaps with jazz, particularly the bop and post-bop eras: the uninhibited expression, the depiction of urban life, just to name two. Jazz samples have also had a large role in hip-hop, but the idea of rapping over actual live jazz wasn’t truly fully realized until Gang Starr MC Guru created and released the first in his Jazzmatazz series in 1993, with guest musicians who included saxophonist Branford Marsalis (who had previously collaborated with DJ Premier and Guru for the track ‘Jazz Thing’ on the Mo’ Better Blues soundtrack), trumpeter Donald Byrd, vibraphonist Roy Ayers, guitarist Ronny Jordan, and keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith, as well as vocalist N’Dea Davenport (also of the acid jazz group the Brand New Heavies) and French rapper MC Solaar.

While Guru’s rhymes can occasionally be a little weak (‘Think they won’t harm you? Well they might/And that ain’t right, but every day is like a fight’ are the lines he chooses to describe kids on the subway in Brooklyn in ‘Transit Ride’), he delves into a variety of subject matter, from the problems of inner-city life to his own verbal prowess to self-improvement without ever sounding too repetitive, and his well-practiced flow fits well with the overall smooth, sultry, and intelligent feel of the album. From Jordan’s solo on ‘No Time to Play’ to Ayers’ vibes expertise on ‘Take a Look (At Yourself)’ to MC Solaar’s quick and syllabic rhymes on ‘Le Bien, le Mal,’ Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 (and what turned out to be the best of the series) is a rap album for jazz fans and a jazz album for rap fans, skillful and smart, clean when it needs to be and gritty when that’s more effective, helping to legitimize hip-hop to those who doubted it, and making for an altogether important release.”  -AllMusic

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Waxxmatraxx – new releases, reissues and restocks…
A Tribe Called Quest – Anthology 2LP, Midnight Marauders LP
Aleister Crowley – The Evil Beast LP
Al Green – Greatest Hits LP
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black LP
Aphex Twin – I Care Because You Do 2LP
Arcade Fire – Funeral LP, Neon Bible LP, The Suburbs 2LP
Atmosphere – Fishing Blues 3LP*
Badbadnotgood – IV LP
Band Of Horses – Everything All The Time LP
Beach House – Depression Cherry LP
Beatles – Abbey Road LP, Revolver LP, Rubber Soul LP, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP
Beirut – Gulag Orkestar LP
Bikini Kill – Revolution Girl Style Now LP, S/T 12”
Billie Holiday – Lady In Satin LP
Bill Withers – Still Bill LP
Black Sabbath – Paranoid LP, S/T LP
Black Tape For A Blue Girl – Remnants Of A Deeper Purity 2LP+CD, Bike Shop EP 12”, These Fleeting Moments Deluxe CD*
Blind Pilot – And Then Like Lions LP*
Boss Hog – Brood Star 12” EP
Camera – Phantom Of Liberty LP
Can – Ege Bamyasi LP, Future Days LP
Carcass – Choice Cuts 2LP*
Classixx – Faraway Reach LP
Claypool Lennon Delirium – Monolith Of Phobos 2LP
Crystal Castles – S/T 2LP
Daft Punk – Homework 2LP, Random Access Memories 2LP
Damien Jurado – Ghost Of David LP, Rehearsals For Departure LP
Dead C – Trouble 2LP
Death – For The Whole World To See LP
Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate LP, Cool To Be You LP
Disclosure – Settle 2LP
DJ Khaled – Major Key CD*
DJ Shadow – Entroducing LP
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes 2LP, Helplessness Blues 2LP
Fugazi – End Hits LP, In On The Kill Taker LP, Red Medicine LP
Galaxie 500 – This Is Our Music LP
Garbage & the Flowers – The Deep Niche LP
Goggs – S/T LP
Gorguts – Obscura 2LP
Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead LP
Iggy Pop – The Idiot LP
Iron & Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days LP, The Creek Drank The Cradle LP
Jack Rose – Kensington Blues LP
Jawbreaker – 24 Hour Revenge Therapy LP, Bivouac LP, Unfun LP
Jeff The Brotherhood – Zone LP*
Kanye West – 808’s & Heartbreak 2LP+CD, Late Registration 2LP
Kenny Dorham – Afro-Cuban LP
Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon: The End Of Day 2LP
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill 2LP
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV LP, S/T LP
Linstrom – Windings LP
Manu Chao – Clandestino 2LP+CD
Maxwell – black SUMMERS’ night 2LP
Metallica – …And Justice For All 2LP, Master Of Puppets LP, Metallica 2LP
Miles Davis – Birth Of The Cool LP
Minor Threat – Out Of Step LP
Mississippi John Hurt – 1928 Sessions LP
Mudhoney – Every God Boy… CS, Superfuzz Bigmuff CS
Nagamatzu – Above This Noise LP
Neil Young – Earth 3LP
Neko Case – Blacklisted LP
Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral 2LP
Nirvana – In Utero 2013 Mix 2LP, MTV Unplugged In New York LP, Nevermind LP, S/T LP, Bleach LP
Of Montreal – Innocence Reaches 2LP*
Patrick Cowley – Muscle Up 2LP
Pennywise – Nineteen Eighty Eight LP*
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix LP
Portishead – S/T 2LP
Prince – 1999 2LP, Controversy LP
Queen – A Day At The Races LP
Reatards – Grown Up, Fucked Up LP, Teenage Hate 2LP
Rogue Wave – Descended Like Vultures LP
Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks 2LP
Severed+Said – Pyrrhic Fortunes CS
Shins – Chutes Too Narrow LP, Oh, Inverted World LP, Wincing The Night Away LP
Skratchy Seal – Best Of Skratchy Seal: 10 Years Of Superseal LP
Slayer – Reign In Blood LP
Sleater-Kinney – The Woods 2LP
Sleep – Volume 1 LP
Sonic Youth – Evol LP
Stereolab – Dots & Loops 2LP
Sunny Day Real Estate – Diary CS, How It Feels To Be Something On LP, LP2 CS
Sun Ra – Blue York LP*
Tame Impala – Currents 2LP
Tenement – S/T LP
The Aggravators & The Revolutionaries – Guerilla Dub LP*
The Cramps – Big Beat From Badsville LP, Smell Of Female LP
Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits 2LP*, CD*, Singles Collection Vol. 1 & 2 2LP, Singles Collection Vol. 3 LP
The Julie Ruin – Hit Reset LP|
The Postal Service – Give Up LP
The Replacements – Let It Be LP
The Smiths – Louder Than Bombs 2LP
Thievery Corporation – Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi 2LP
Ty Segall – Manipulator 2LP, Singles 2 LP
Various – King Jammy Presents: New Sounds Of Freedom LP*
Various – Miami Vice OST LP
Various – Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Live Vol. 1 LP
Velvet Underground – Velvet Underground & Nico LP
World Inferno Friendship Society – This Packed Funeral LP
Xela Zaid – Orange Violet LP
Young The Giant – Home Of The Strange LP*

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