Want some of the best jazz around--? Budget impaired, like myself? Fortunately, for us, there's this Blue Note Records collection of the best from favorites like Donald Byrd, Lou Donaldson, and Grant Green. Now, the powers that be at EMI-Capitol thought to get some sells of this great jazz by packaging it as a "sample this" offering to hip-hoppers/rap ranconteurs. It turns out that they needn't have done so. The various volumes and the box set with Vols 1-4 has some great work like Bobbi Humphrey's "Harlem River Drive" and Herbie Hancock's "Olilloqui Valley". The music, in other words, can really stand alone...I would urge those interested in sampling to listen to these greats not to lift a groove, but to help themselves in learning how to make their own groove....Dig?
It is not a samplers record, it is a chance to hear the original tracks. The proper title was "Blue Break Beats (You Gotta Hear Blue Note to Dig Def Jam)".
This CD started life as a double LP - it was compiled by Dean Rudland and Eddie Pillar back in 1992. If you remember Acid Jazz, then these names will mean something to you, along with Gilles Peterson.
The idea of the collection was to draw peoples attention to the really excellent Blue Note tracks being sampled in the Hip Hop records everyone was listening to ('92).
This was way way before all the CD re-issues of the Blue Note Archive - we had to buy imports of the Japanese King re-pressings or go to Ray's Jazz shop and buy the originals. The success of this compilation, lead to the Straight No Chaser re-issue selection, more compilations, the re-awakening of people's love of Jazz and the general re-availability of the Blue Note catalogue.
You can thank Acid Jazz for that.
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