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Blue Break Beats, Vol. 4

4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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Audio CD, February 9, 1999
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Jazz ~ Blue Breakbeats 4

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prelude - Gene Harris
  2. Holy Thursday - David Axelrod
  3. Sitting Duck - Gene Harris & The Three Sounds
  4. The Beat Goes On - Buddy Rich
  5. Three Is The Magic Number - Bob Dorough
  6. Shack Up - Banbara
  7. Boomp Boomp Chomp - The Sons
  8. Little Green Apples - Monk Higgins
  9. Bring Down The Birds - Herbie Hancock
  10. Whole Lotta Love - Ike & Tina Turner
  11. Repeat After Me - The Three Sounds
  12. Inside You - Eddie Henderson
  13. Woman Of The Ghetto - Marlena Shaw
  14. This Is Soul - Paul Nero

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 9, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B00000I0RI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on April 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Truly, one of the best things Blue Note has done in years has been the "blue" series of compilations released with all different moods and themes. Whether its "Blue Bacharach" "Afro Blue" or in this case "Blue Breakbeats", this series has made for some of the best listening around in jazz. Blue Breakbeats vol 4 is my favorite of them all. I can't find one low point on the disc. The whole record flows imaginatively from song to song, building in energy and creativity, finally ending on a song ("this is soul") summing up not just the disc, but the whole series as well. I definitely have to say that the standout tracks are "Woman of the Ghetto" by Marlena Shaw, whose lyrics are so profound and are delivered with infinite emotion; "Bring Down The Birds" is a track by Herbie Hancock that funks like no other. (Did you really think Deee-Lite could come up with that bassline?) My favorite track is one that brings back a lot of memories...Three is the Magic Number. It grooves, is forever inspiring, and has found its rightful place in postmodern's history, being sampled on one of the timeless hip-hop masterpieces of the late 80's/early 90's : De La Soul's "3 feet High and Rising". Overall, this collection is as funky as they get, and we should all bow our heads and pay homage to the funk gods, for it is they who give our life a little groove.
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As the previous reviewer say's - It is not a samplers record, it is a chance to hear the original tracks.

This series started life on double LP's - compiled by Dean Rudland and Eddie Pillar starting back in 1992 in the UK.
If you remember Acid Jazz, then these names will mean something to you, along with Gilles Peterson.

The proper title was "Blue Break Beats (You Gotta Hear Blue Note to Dig Def Jam)".

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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