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Music Evolution
Buckshot Lefonque, Branford Marsalis
Music Evolution
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
 
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #1

While he releases his straight-ahead jazz projects under his own name, Branford Marsalis pursues his fusion experiments under the group name of Buckshot LeFonque, even though he's the only consistent member from track to...  more »

      
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All Artists: Buckshot Lefonque, Branford Marsalis
Title: Music Evolution
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 4/1/1997
Release Date: 4/1/1997
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Styles: Acid Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Pop Rap, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 074646758427, 5099748419521

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While he releases his straight-ahead jazz projects under his own name, Branford Marsalis pursues his fusion experiments under the group name of Buckshot LeFonque, even though he's the only consistent member from track to track. Marsalis and such jazz colleagues as trumpeter Russell Gunn, keyboardist Joey Calderazzo, saxophonist David Sanborn and bassist Ben Wolfe seem to be having great fun as they run changes over the funk beat of "James Brown," the hip-hop loops of "Try These On," the Latin-jazz heat of "Jungle Groove" and the harder-than-hard-bop on the untitled, hidden bonus track. The album stumbles, however, when it tries to come to terms with words, as it does on eight of the 13 full-length numbers. There's some marvelous music in the background of these songs--the rhythmic punch of hip-hop linked to the harmonic imagination of be-bop-but it's hard to get past the awkward wordplay dominating the foreground. --Geoffrey Himes

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Tight
Strogie | South Florida USA | 09/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Tight is what it is. The rhythmn section is locked on every groove, from straight ahead to rap. The improvisation is fiery. There's a ton of attitude on every track. Branford displays a musical genius in his work that is undeniable; that goes for all of his records, including this one. But if you could break free of all the labels regarding form and category, and just make an album of kickin' music, what would you do? I think that's what Mr. Marsalis may have asked himself before venturing off on this one. In my opinion, he hit it way out of the park. It doesn't have to be jazz, rap, techno-absurd or anything else. It just has to be right. And tight. This one makes it on both levels. Get into it, and it will get into you."
Funk-de-fined!
Alan C. Roberts | New York, NY | 07/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

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Pop this in, go for a spin, and do it again!"
Speaking of evolution...
ornen | Norway | 07/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Music evolution change/sometimes the common make it sound strange/ add a little this/take out a little that/then you'll come up with that jazz called rap/where it's at/take it back/because it is an ill format!The issue is music evolution, and Buckshot LeFonque provides the listener with a lesson the way it should be done; take a monster band, make some great songs in a lot of different styles (although the jazz denominator will shine through on quite a lot of them), unite the music through its diversity, shake and stir, produce well, and there it is! Music evolution, or just pure listening pleasure. Rarely does a band/concept manage to make a set like this! There is plenty of good groove, acid jazz, a couple of ballads (featuring the remarkable Frank McComb), funk, samba hop, bebop converted in a hip hop norm, top level musicianship, entertainment, fun... I could just go on and on. This is a record that truly grows on you, and although it's got three years on its back now, it's still as fresh as it gets! This is probably going to be a true classic, summing up the nineties' eclectism and music evolution so far!Go get it!"