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Flip Fantasia: Hits & Remixes
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Jazz, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
While many young jazz musicians spent the '80s and '90s looking to the hard-bop past for creative models, Us3--primarily Geoff Wilkinson on samples and scratches and Mel Simpson on keyboards, with both programming--managed... more »
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While many young jazz musicians spent the '80s and '90s looking to the hard-bop past for creative models, Us3--primarily Geoff Wilkinson on samples and scratches and Mel Simpson on keyboards, with both programming--managed to do something different with the same classic records. Their raids on the Blue Note archives put them at the center of the hip-hop/acid-jazz synthesis. They sampled classic funk riffs and solos, even interviews, from Herbie Hancock, Jackie McLean, and Art Blakey, and then overlaid them with rap and live solos by some fine young English musicians like trumpeter Gerard Presencer and saxophonist Ed Jones. This compilation pulls together the most popular tracks from their two CDs, Hand on the Torch and Broadway & 52nd, and then adds remixes of four of them culled from EPs. The remixes extend the creative process, sometimes completely transforming the original material, as with the electronic take on "Come On Everybody," by Q-Burns Abstract Message. This is effective contemporary dance music, but it's also a great rethinking of the jazz tradition. --Stuart Broomer
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Acacio J. C. Cruz | 08/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"One of my favorite Cds mostly because of the first song, Cantaloop, probably the best remix of a classic jazz tune. Groovy and original.
The rest of the album is good but with a bit of too much rap in occasions: Just Anoter Brother, Knowledge of self, .
Good tunes: Different Rhythms, Lazy Day, Cruisin, Eleven Long years, The Darkside.
Overall: very nice album."
Something old and something new
The Delite Rancher | Phoenix, Arizona | 09/06/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Us3 will always be remembered as having achieved one of the most successful fusions between jazz and hip-hop. "Hand on the Torch" was one of the most memorable hip-hop albums. The sequel "Broadway & 52nd" was lukewarm at best. They tried a few more albums but never recaptured the magic of their debut. "Flip Fantasia: Hits & Remixes" covers the first two LPs. In terms of the validity of a compilation, the simple fact is there was already a 'best of' by this band -it's called "Hand on the Torch" and any deletions or additions from other albums can only water down the quality. Hits aside, the real allure to "Flip Fantasia" is the second half of the EP. The remixes do what good remixes should: familiar songs are recycled to once again sound fresh. 'Cantaloop,' 'Come On Everybody' and 'Tukka Yoot's Riddim' are strong remixes. In particular, 'Tukka Yoot's Riddim' features some great improvisation on the timbales. The LP and remixed versions of 'I'm Thinking About Your Body' are the only weak songs on an otherwise strong release. If you adored "Hand on the Torch," then "Flip Fantasia" is worth the five bucks."