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Hand on the Torch

Us3Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)Us3 Featuring Rahsaan And Gerard Presencer 4:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I Got It Goin' OnUs3 5:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Different Rhythms, Different PeopleUs3 1:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. It's Like ThatUs3 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Just Another BrotherUs3 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Cruisin'Us3 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I Go To WorkUs3 4:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Tukka Yoot's RiddimUS3/US3 featuring Tukka Yoot 5:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Knowledge Of SelfUs3 4:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Lazy DayUs3 4:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Eleven Long YearsUs3 3:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Make TracksUs3 4:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. The DarksideUs3 5:19$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 16, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000005HB8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Hip-hop/jazzers Us3 have forged the most elaborate union between the styles since the early days of Gang Starr and A Tribe Called Quest. Blue Note's vast catalog gives them a huge advantage over several similar groups in terms of source material. Classic sounds by Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Herbie Hancock provide zest and fiber to their narratives. When words and music mesh, as on "Cantaloop" or "The Darkside," Us3 show how effectively hip-hop and jazz can blend.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Reason for Mixed Reviews March 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
It appears to me that much of the criticism of this album comes from people who were expecting different. Rap fans who were looking for a great rap album were disappointed. And Jazz fans who despise rap were disappointed. But if you take this album for what it is, a true blend of hip hop and jazz, then you won't be disappointed at all. As jazz fans, you'll enjoy hearing familiar sounds of the samples that groove, and as hip hop fans you will enjoy the soothing flow of the rhyming. This album grooves people.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I don't intend to downgrade this album. I really like parts. The instrumental parts. The musical heart of Us3, Mel Simpson and Geoff Wilkinson, snipped, looped and blended well crafted musical songs out of the golden vault of truly classic Jazz Blue Note Records still owns. The rap gets- well...annoying and too damn cheesey. The music has staying power mainly because of the source material used as musical structure. The rap sounds dated and paper thin lyrically in the year 2000. For a sound that sounds fresher check out Guru's Jazzamatazz. Its what this album wanted to be, but Us3 added too many trends to date the sound.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Support the beginning of jazz-rap January 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
No jazz or rap fan should live w/o this. I don't understand why ya'll be hatin' on this album even tho it's good or it's not. I call this a classic 'cuz it shows a new level of the jazz legendaries we grew up around us. That's why a lot of people are dissin' on hip-hop 2day b/c it shows no mercy but lackness. I have love for dem cats right here.

Fav. picks: Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia), I Got it Goin' On, It's Like That, Just Another Brother, Tukka Yoot's Riddim, Knowledge of Self

This is recommended along with all of Guru's Jazzmatazz albums, all Tribe classic albums, Do You Want More??!!?!, Illadelph Halfline and Things Fall Apart by the Roots, Resurrection, 1 Day It'll All Make Sense, and Like Water for Chocolate by Common, The Antidote and The Quiet Revolution by Ronny Jordan, The Rebirth of Cool Series (all volumes, depends which one is better) and especially Heavens by the Martytroyd Trio. Definitely a Must-Have 2 date.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning. January 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I don't even listen to much rap. The music I've been listening to as of late, other than US3, are bands like Moe., String Cheese Incident, Neil Young, CSNY, James Brown, Allman Brothers Band, Radiohead, Talking Heads, Grateful Dead, and a lot of singer-songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Jim Croce, Don McLean, and so on and so forth. The point is this: it doesn't matter what you're into, just give this album a shot. I see that there are a lot of used CDs for sale on amazon for a very cheap price. Give US3 a shot and see what you think.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great rap cd for a white guy March 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I never appreciated rap until I heard this cd. It is very good. The rap lyrics acts as a percussive element towarsd the music rather than as a centerpiece. It is the first example of how sampling and technology has done something positive for music rather than cheapen it. Hardcore rap fans will probably find it illegit but I found this music to be a breath of fresh air. If you are a rock music fan and want to sample just one rap album try this one or Digital Underground's Sex Packets
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Find! January 24, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The only reason why I purchased the CD was for Cantaloop. I really don't know about 'Hip Hop' versus 'Jazz', etc, but I know the music I like and LOVE this CD. Great rhythyms. Feels like a little bit of everything and all mixed up with a great beat. You can't go wrong with this one!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 year old white guys April 10, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
50 year old white guys are supposed to hate rap. But I was brought up listening to much of the golden era of Blue Note records. So why has this CD been in permanent rotation on my car's CD changer? Because it's great music for the morning and afternoon commute. I've almost got the rap's memorized, sure they're a little corny but it's the beat that makes this disc work. Don't discount the "sticktuitiveness" of "Hand on the Torch."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music! January 7, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I don't usually listen to rap music, but US 3 did a great job combining both Jazz and Hip Hop flaver into the CD. If you a Jazz fan, I recommand that you take a listen to this stylish sound!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent album
Published 9 days ago by Carey Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by whatupfool
4.0 out of 5 stars Jazzhop!
This was so popular when it came out.. for those of us who couldn't stomach, at the time, "f the police" style rap by NWA and the rise of sexists, violent rap... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Matthew R. Jacks
4.0 out of 5 stars Great songs
This is a great music CD for your listening pleasure, And one that is a nice addition to my music collection library.
Published 8 months ago by Marilyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD.
Its kind of a jazzy hip-hop thing. It really works and we love it at our house. Its a constant rotation.
Published 18 months ago by chiennoir wine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Innovative mix of hip hop and jazz. Beautiful instrumentation.The more you listen to it the more you like it. Perfect.
Published on November 13, 2011 by P. P. Nunez
4.0 out of 5 stars Jazz or Rap? Why not both?
Some reviewers attack this album for the rap and some for the jazz, but they just don't get it: this album is both, a pleasing selection of classic Blue Note jazz with funky beats... Read more
Published on April 25, 2010 by Thomas E. Davis
2.0 out of 5 stars US3-Hand on the Torch
After their original recording, this one was really quite disappointing. Almost all hip-hop and hardly any jazz.
Published on October 8, 2009 by Archie Strong
4.0 out of 5 stars funky fresh
only if you aren't embarrassed by breaking out into spontaneous dance should you get this disc. It's infectious, it's fresh, it's fun.
Published on April 11, 2007 by Kelly Pocci
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good! Look at the year!
Jumpy, Catchy, Dancy!
Jazz and HipHop, Blues, Swing, Bossa, Dub - it's all there.
Very good beats. Atmospheric and cheering.
Have it!
Published on January 23, 2004 by "fastaman"
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