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In The World From Natchez To New York

Olu DaraAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: February 17, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002JF9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Olu Dara In The World From Natchez To New York

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Singer-trumpeter-guitarist Olu Dara has been knocking around New York City's jazz circles for almost 20 years. On "In the World" he embraces Caribbean rhythms, African highlife/socca riffs, and gut-bucket blues. Vaguely reminiscent of Taj Mahal's fanciful integration of world music and the blues, Dara consistently straddles urban and rural artistry. Sophisticated yet irresistibly down-home, this collection is festive, tuneful, and engaging. Songs like "Rain Shower" and "Natchez Shopping Blues" are clearly based in the American folk-blues idiom, while "Okra" and "Your Lips" are closer to an Afro-Cuban aesthetic. Dara's warm voice is limited but expressive, and his guitar playing fundamentally percussive. On the other hand, Dara's trumpet is unique and extremely lucid. This album comprises a fascinating tour of several musical cultures. --Mitch Myers

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Jazz album after Kind Of Blue. June 19, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Olu Dara is one of the greatest musicians out there right now. He is painfully underrated. Every single track on this album is perfect, from the street tales of "Jungle Jay"(featuring Olu's son, rapper Nas), to the funky blues of "Rain Shower". My favorite track on this album, though, is "Harlem Country Girl". On this song, Olu plays beautiful trumpet and sings well. Other great tracks include "Okra", "Natchez Shopping Blues", "Your Lips", "Zora", "Father Blues", and all the other tracks. They are all amazing tracks, and I can't wait for more Olu Dara music.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars like father like son September 18, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Im fairly young, so I grew up listening to Nas(olu Dara's son). But, out of curiosity, I bought Olu Dara's album. It was really great. I loved the mood or each song. My favorite song of course is the collaboration with Olu Dara and his son. Listening to this album I see where Nas got all of his musical skills from.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great cd!! December 6, 2000
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Olu Dara is an excellent muscian and a great live performer. This CD was in my player for months. It captures a mixture of blues, the southern muscial trandition, and new york jazz. Each track is unique and features compelling story lines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent February 25, 2010
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Sometimes the music gods give you presents. Olu Dara is one of those.

Olu Dara had played with avant gaurd jazzmen like David Murry, but his solo material is another story. He makes a New Orleans blues that you would have to like only Supercuts music to not understand.

His arrangements are pretty spare--you would think the whole band is playing without amps, though they are. But the blues and soul lines here are so clear, so well cut and crafted, this music comes off incredibly real--as if you just walked to a Big Easy street corner and started digging on these guys. Listen to the fantastic shuffle of "Your Lips," or the understated trumpet of "Harlem Country Girl."

Olu Dara has a rare gift: making music sound polish perfect AND spontainious. It sounds so REAL, but is so well played, you can tell this guy is an amazing musical talent

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This truly is a great album. I'm already a fan of artists like Muddy Waters & have a decent amount of Jazz albums from Coltrane and Miles. But, I'll have to honestly admit I picked up this album after hearing him play the horn on Nas's "Life's A B****", "Dance" & others. This album is a LOT better than I expected it to be.

The music is a combination of blues, jazz, soul, poetry, and other genres. Olu has a classic blues voice, in which he sings on every song but two. "Bubber (If Only)" features a female & "Jungle Jay" features Nas, both of whom speak poetry over Dara's incredible production and horn. Every other song features the voice of Olu.

Some songs are have more of a jazz feel to them, others are pretty up tempo (almost a Caribbean feel to them), Dara gets pretty soulful on others, but I'd say a little less than half are Blues songs. More powerful than his voice, is the composition of the album. The music is stirring at times, evoking any mood he chooses, the way only a veteran can do.

In The World is great for just background mood music, yet at the same time is powerful enough that when you sit down to really listen, it'll still grab your ear. If you're even slightly interested after reading all these reviews, I'd highly recommend you pick this up. That's exactly what I did and I'm more than satisfied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serious Contender for Album of the Year December 28, 1998
By A Customer
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I ran across a short review of this album in a German Hi-Fi magazine only recently but something let me know immediately that it is a gem. It arrived here a few days ago and it has rarely left the CD player since. We play a lot of jazz, blues and hip-hop in our home, and "In the World.." immediately fit into our oral landscape, as much because of its ecclecticism as its originality. Each song is deeply rooted in the blues and never loses its blues foundation, whether combined with funk style voices as on "Rain Shower" or rap (the rapper is Olu's son Nas) on "Jungle Jay". The latter features a wonderful live cornett over a grooving non-sampled, i.e. live, hip hop backdrop and, thus, satisfies the jazz, blues and hip hop afficionado in us at the same time. Another standout in a great set is "Your Lips", with its slight touch of Reggae and its ironic text.
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This is Olu Dara's first CD, recorded decades after his reputation as one of the Blues's underground greats was well established. In this work, a lifetime acheivement for Dara, all his roots, from Blues to Jazz to African Tribal to spoken poetry, shine through in a subtle yet breathtaking performance.
The album improves with each listening, so don't expect a collection of raucus pop hits. At times he is mellow and almost subversive, as in Young Mama or Rain Shower. Other times he can be raw and personal, in Father Blues and Natchez Shopping Blues. And his crowd-pleasing, likable songs, like Okra and Your Lips, have shades of meaning that only fully develop after many listenings. This is the kind of album you can grow up with and grow old with. A classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Olu is a great all-around musician. May 8, 1999
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Olu Dara has made a name for himself in the jazz underground and with his first CD. I was a little disappointed that he didn't play more trumpet, because he is such a great trumpet player. He did mostly singing. He is a good singer, but his trumpet playing is really excellent. But, there are some great tracks like "Harlem Country Girl", "Jungle Jay"(featuring Olu's son, rapper Nas), "Natchez Shopping Blues", and "Rain Shower", although the small amount of trumpet playing lowers that rating to four stars. Very good Olu Dara debut. If he makes another one, you'll have to get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Awesome. A couple of real favorites on here. Real Real Real Chill. I love it. "Harlem Country Girl" is my favorite.
Published 21 months ago by M.Trees
5.0 out of 5 stars instant classic in my opinion
this is a classic and however much i like nas it could of done with out him on this record it kinda spoils the flow of it it's a blues album leave the rappers out of it.
Published on April 12, 2008 by Mr. Greg Cookman
5.0 out of 5 stars What music should be...
From "Okra" to "Zora" and my all-time favorite, "Harlem Country Girl" Olu Dara takes his listener on a ride from Harlem, to Natchez, to West Africa by way of the of the Caribbean. Read more
Published on October 28, 2006 by T. D. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Groove music for Grownups
This is a rich mature effort from an artist who understands the connections between the various genres of music (blues, jazz, soul, etc. Read more
Published on July 30, 2006 by S. S. Sams
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid
This album starts off on a soulful and catchy note, which continues throughout the album. The last track, KIANE, is beautiful. Dara's collaboration with his son Nas is awesome. Read more
Published on July 17, 2006 by grace
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
The firt time I heard Olu Dara was at a concert at Yoshi's in Oakland, Ca, from that day on, I felt in love with his music and his style. Read more
Published on February 9, 2004 by Yen
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD
I bought four new CDs today and this is the only one worth while. Every song on this track is great.
Published on December 16, 2002 by Artie Choke
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh music air, in a much too high tech industr
I heard the song "Your Lips" on a sampler CD and played it over and over until I got the good sense to purchase the CD "In the World" If you would like a... Read more
Published on July 28, 1999
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