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Zen

4.4 out of 5 stars 34 ratings

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Audio CD, September 11, 2001
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The 1999 Miles Davis tribute, Panthalassa: The Remixes, was a moment of truth. For each piece of industry hypethat designates a techno or hip-hop artist as "the next John Coltrane," there's a musician forced to contend with a legacy ill-suitedto their own worthy (if not always timeless) art. But while other Panthalassa remixers drove stakes through the heart of Miles' liveevil, DJ Krush managed to transport "Black Satin" into a serene hip-hop context without leaving a single smudge on its finish.

But that's not surprising. Japan's Krush is a hip-hop wonder twin seemingly capable of tag-teaming with anyone, from Milesand Kazufumi Kodama (on trumpet) or Mos Def to Zap Mama (on the mic). He can drop heavy solo instrumental records(Kakusei), but his ability to work a cohesive album out of individual collaborations - on Milight and now Zen - is unrivaled.Holding the project together is Zen's production: equal parts Permier's boom-bap and the Soulquarians' incensusal jazz tapping.Get aggro with the lead-pipe swang of Company Flow's "Vision of Art," smile while you're crying to the warbling guitar on"Candle Chant (A Tribute)," then lurk in instrumental psychedelic murk with ?uestlove on "Endless Railway." Krush's album hasall the controlled weight and organic intensity of a bonsai garden: the perfect balance of thick, heavy rhythmic roots with delicateleafy ambience. I won't succumb to the same hyperbole that got day-tripping-hoppers trying to outshine "In a Silent Way" andproclaim Krush another Miles Davis, but I will call him miles ahead.

Daniel Chamberlin -- From URB Magazine


Product details

  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 5 x 0.25 inches; 3.49 Ounces
  • Manufacturer : Red Int / Red Ink
  • Date First Available : July 26, 2006
  • Label : Red Int / Red Ink
  • ASIN : B00005MLVF
  • Number of discs : 1
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 34 ratings