Thursday, June 16, 2011

Jazz meets Hip-Hop: "Cantaloop" - Us3

The Video of the Week is a hit song from 1993 by British jazz-rap group, Us3. It was released by Blue Note Records (only the most famous Jazz label ever), and included samples of classic jazz recordings, including the introduction by Pee Wee Marquette from a live Art Blakey recording session at the Birdland club. It does however, feature a live trumpet by Gerard Presencer.

The title references Herbie Hancock's record, Cantaloupe Island, which is the heaviest sample and most recognized theme on the track.

Who said you can't mix genres?

Have a good weekend!

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