Re: acid-jazz/hollywood rec.

ian stevens (
Tue, 22 Aug 1995 22:08:47 -0400

On Mon, 21 Aug 1995, fogcity wrote:

[re. Jazzmatazz II]
> didn't hate it, I just didn't find it very groundbreaking.

Yeah, I know what you mean. The thing that really weighs the Jazzmatazz
series for me is ... well, it's Guru. The fact that he constantly drones
throughout the whole series without changing his beat, his rhythm, his
style or his message (Sure, it's a great message, but hearing it every
single song gets a bit tiring) really doesn't appeal to me.

I'm thinking that if, perhaps, the musicians were given a larger voice
and playing time, it could be better. I mean, I saw that Jamiroquai were
on the credits and rushed to listen to Jazzmatazz II. Sadly, Jay only
does background vocals for one of the songs ... and that's how it is for
most of the other musicians as well. They're all playing bit parts to
Guru. Granted, Guru is supposed to be the frontliner, but the whole
point of the series is collaboration.

> Guru seems to have made an interesting nitch for himself in the cross-hip
> hop/acid jazz market. I thought the album was a weak attempt to satisfy

In the stores that I have seen Jazzmatazz, they have lumped it in the
acid jazz section, which, to me, is unfair. I didn't find that it had
neither the sprit nor the energy of that which is acid jazz.


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