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Hand On The Torch

4.2 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 20, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000005HB8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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By A Customer on April 10, 2001
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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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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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... although now NWA is quite tame compared to what's out there now.

It's a bit like a PHD version of the Sugar Hill Gang... and I mean no disrespect there.

I couldn't go to a party where this wasn't playing in 1993. I really got sick of this then but decided to check it out after 20 years and bought some copies for myself and some musie friends.

Fun chill house music which still has it's charm.
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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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By A Customer on January 3, 2004
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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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