WELCOME BACK WAX: Guru’s ‘Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1’ Receives Deluxe 3xLP Reissue Treatment
of a jazz thing.” Guru would make good on his astutely prophetic vision a few years later when he Guru WELCOME BACK WAX: Guru’s ‘Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1’ Receives Deluxe 3xLP Reissue Treatment French emcee MC Solaar. Guru released three additional Jazzmatazz volumes through 2007. As an extension Lee’s film Mo’ Better Blues—Guru, who passed away in 2010, predicted that “Jazz ain’t the past, the
Guru’s ‘Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1’ Turns 25 | An Anniversary Retrospective
Given Gang Starr’s connection to jazz and Guru’s own deep love for the music, ‘Jazzmatazz’ made perfect sense as his inaugural solo album. Guru successful example of fusing straight-ahead East Coast hip-hop with live jazz artists. Guru enlists Guru, is a logical extension of this musical symbiosis. Released 25 years ago, Jazzmatazz is the first Guru’s ‘Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1’ Turns 25 | An Anniversary Retrospective Guru’s vocals. Guru does his part as well, flowing with stream of consciousness raps that both extol his Happy 25th Anniversary to Guru’s debut solo album Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1, originally released May 18 own deep and abiding love for jazz music, Guru putting together the Jazzmatazz project as his first
Remembering Guru Today on What Would Have Been His 56th Birthday (Born 7/17/61)
never be released because of Guru's death. On February 28, 2010, Guru went into cardiac arrest and seventh chapter in the book of Guru, Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures, was released in 2005 on Guru's Guru Guru's rhyming described as sharp-eyed but anti-ostentatious. In 1993, Guru released the first in a Remembering Guru Today on What Would Have Been His 56th Birthday (Born 7/17/61) Please join the Albumism team in celebrating Guru’s musical legacy and share your personal memories of him with us. Please join the Albumism team in celebrating Guru’s musical legacy and share your personal memories Elam (July 17, 1961 – April 19, 2010), better known by his stage name Guru (a backronym for Gifted
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one in the manual of beat construction, complemented by Guru’s efficiency as a verbal tour guide Guru Man” serves as the formal introduction to Guru and DJ Premier’s extended family, later to be known as omitted from conversations and lists of upper echelon emcees, Guru makes an early proclamation of his formula within the genre. Guru’s distinctly husky, monotone voice, eloquently delivering his often Girl to Next Girl”, Guru’s confessions of escapades while being an eligible New York City bachelor
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the game. Guru had released the second installment of his Jazzmatazz solo projects in 1995, but Guru” Elam and Chris “DJ Premier” Martin were the guiding light, navigating an increasingly Guru intact. If anything, as Guru says to open the album, both the rhyme style and the style of beats are sample chopping skills. Guru turned in the best lyrical performance of his career, and honestly one of meat-and-potatoes, blue-collar aesthetic to making hip-hop music. Guru rapped in his distinctive
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Guru remembers Guru being “innovative, brilliant, funny and fixed in his views.” “When he put together the Christopher A. Daniel spoke with the soulful siren about her storied career, collaborations with Guru, connections to Madonna, and much more. , Davenport wasn’t included on that effort. She recalls the late great Guru of Gang Starr actually wanting R&B vocalist. Guru and Davenport had previously exchanged words in passing while he was an
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the group under the Gang Starr moniker, Guru was introduced by Wild Pitch President Stu Fine to they would champion throughout their entire careers together, and most notably through Guru’s Guru Guru’s more emotionally vulnerable side, as he humbly laments the loss of his paramour. Mind you, Guru bred emcee Keith “Guru” Elam and DJ 1, 2 B-Down, but the pair parted ways after releasing a handful of for Guru’s measured baritone rhymes. In 1989, the duo released their first output together in the form ‘Step In The Arena’ expanded upon the promise of Gang Starr’s debut LP, establishing Guru & DJ Premier as a hip-hop force to be reckoned with.
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term known as acid jazz. Parallel to this, Davenport completed work on Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 , with Guru. In 1995, Davenport left the group citing irreconcilable differences, returning to the US artists, such as Mark Ronson, Louie Vega, Roger Sanchez, Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Madonna, Natalie Merchant
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the late great Guru of Gang Starr. Most would agree that Guru’s monotone delivery and thought (Guru) put together the Jazzmatazz project, it was definitely one of the first and finest in how it Ms. Davenport a year later for his own Jazz-Funk-Hip-Hop fusion album Guru’s Jazzmatazz Vol 1. “When
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early '90s, Ayers made a guest appearance on Guru's seminal Jazzmatazz album in 1993 and played at New York clubs with Guru and Donald Byrd. Though most of his solo records had been out of print for
ALBUM NEWS: Is a New A Tribe Called Quest LP on the Horizon? Record Mogul L.A. Reid Says “Yes.”
thanks to record industry guru and Epic Records Chairman/CEO L.A. Reid, and just one week before
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among us like an intergalactic guru, emotionally vulnerable yet exuding a steely calm. Baduizm went
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Rhymes, Common, D’Angelo, Robert Glasper, Guru, J Dilla, Talib Kweli, Janelle Monáe, OutKast, The
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Gang Starr’s Guru, and to my knowledge, it’s the only song that they ever recorded. Unfortunately , doing their worst Onyx impressions. It’s probably the worst thing Guru was involved with during the , the song is so bad that it sounds like a parody, with all three emcees in the group, as well as Guru
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uncrowded, tight and joyous, with Flowers’ professional guru Bono’s fingerprints all over it. While The
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first tentative solo album, Who Came First, in 1972. Dedicated to his guru, Meher Baba, it continued
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shop called Sex, which was run by would-be rock & roll gurus and provocateurs Malcolm McLaren and
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was in our world, but to my eyes, she was not of it. Dropped among us like an intergalactic guru, she
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-born Guru (who adopted NYC as his career stomping grounds), arguably the most revered emcee to both
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the Mahavishnu Orchestra. The two shared a spiritual leader in guru Sri Chinmoy, who bestowed upon
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