Guru - Jazzmatazz Volume 1

Limited 180 Gram Audiophile Coloured Vinyl LP Reissue

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Jazzmatazz Volume 1 is the debut solo studio album by American hip hop artist Guru, originally released in May 1993 via Chrysalis Records.

Keith Elam, better known by his stage name Guru (a backronym for Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal), was an American rapper, producer, and actor best known as a member of the hip-hop duo Gang Starr, along with DJ Premier.

Guru's Jazzmatazz Volume 1 is one of the first albums to combine a live jazz band with hip hop production and rapping. Guru had a vision and brought together a diverse group of jazz cats both old and new school. The live backing band included Lonnie Liston Smith, Branford Marsalis, Ronny Jordan (check out his solo on the track "No Time To Play"), Donald Byrd and Roy Ayers.

The album features vocal collaborations with Carleen Anderson, N'Dea Davenport (of the Brand New Heavies), Dee C Lee, and French rapper MC Solaar have cooperated on this classic album.

Jazzmatazz Volume 1 proved to be a highly influential album and a huge commercial success, peaking at #91 on the US Billboard 200 and #24 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts.

Marissa Brown reviewing the album for Allmusic, rates the album with 4 stars concluding “…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…”.

Check out the tracks:  No Time To Play”; “Loungin’; and “Trust Me”.

This limited 25th Anniversary edition LP record is the first pressing of 5,000 individually numbered copies on 180 gram audiophile blue coloured vinyl, pressed in Europe.

(0600753486023)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

This Side

A1

Introduction

1:20

A2

Loungin'

4:38

A3

When You're Near

4:02

A4

Transit Ride

3:58

A5

No Time To Play

4:54

A6

Down The Backstreets

4:47

Other Side

B1

Respectful Dedications

0:54

B2

Take A Look (At Yourself)

3:59

B3

Trust Me

4:27

B4

Slicker Than Most

2:36

B5

Le Bien, Le Mal

3:21

B6

Sights In The City

5:10

SKU 0600753486023
Record Label Chrysalis Records
Label / Model # Music On Vinyl
Catalogue Number MOVLP1111
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 02 March 2018
Original Release Date (Year) 18 May 1993
Barcode # 0600753486023
Shipping Weight 0.2950kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Audiophile Blue Coloured Vinyl, 25th Anniversary Edition, Limited Edition of 5,000 Copies on Cool Blue Vinyl Individually Numbered
Vinyl Colour Blue
Genre Jazz
Format VINYL LP

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