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Trouser Jazz [CD]

Mr. Scruff Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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As a DJ, Andy Carthy aka Mr. Scruff plays across the board, flitting between soul, funk, hip hop, jazz, reggae, latin, african, ska, disco, house, funk, breaks, soundtracks and loads more. As a producer he makes music that draws on these influences, with a large dose of cheek and good humour. His cartoon drawings illustrate gig flyers, record sleeves and CD covers, and usually accompany him at ... Read more in Amazon's Mr. Scruff Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B00006FX54
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Here We Go
2. Sweetsmoke
3. Beyond feat Seaming To
4. Shrimp
5. Come Alive feat Nico
6. Shelf Wobbler
7. Giffin
8. Valley of the Sausages feat Seaming To, Sneaky and Moss
9. Champion Nibble
10. Come On Grandad
11. Vibrate feat Braintax
12. Ug
13. Ahoy There!

Product Description

On the back of a 23-date UK tour and being namechecked by Madonna, Andy Carthy's (aka Mr Scruff) sophomore album Trouser Jazz has certainly been worth the wait. Having built a formidable reputation on the DJ circuit, not least for his genre-defying and strenuously long sets, but also for his ability to hold down residences throughout the UK, he has missed two label deadlines for this album release. Brimming with humour and littered with his characteristically playful sampling shenanigans, Trouser Jazz is a joyous romp through funk, jazz, soul and hip-hop complete with commentary from children's TV presenters and fish references aplenty. "Here We Go" sets the scene with a minute of looped horn-led retro funk that fades straight into the jazzy vibes and disco beat of "Sweetsmoke". First single "Shrimp" ups the tempo further with squelching rhythms and a trembling Rhodes hook, but it's moments such as "Valley of the Sausages" with it's strings, flute and breathless Latin vocals and the ragtime rhythms of "Come On Grandad" that confirm that Mr Scruff is no slouch when it comes to blending the absurd into a life-affirming sonic jumble. --Christopher Barrett


‘Mr Scruff is so cool he needs an exclusion zone around him’ -- NME

‘Mr Scruff’s….jazzy house and funky breakbeat is invariably chripy and unpretentious - phat tunes with a big personality.’ -- INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

‘Scintillating’ -- TIMES PLAY)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humourous listening 11 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ok, firstly-don't take Scruff's music too seriously. Secondly-it's not getting 5 stars because of the few tracks that let the album down ('Beyond' for example). However...... Trouser Jazz is an amazing follow up to Keep It Unreal. It takes a while to get into it and does feel quite slow on the first few listens but quoting 'Cheeky' from Unreal "Just open up your mind, let the music inside" The tunes miraculously seem to get funkier the more you listen to it. Don't you always find the best albums are the ones that get more enjoyable as time goes on?
I do admit that a few on the tracks are quite repetitive and yes, the advert thing-I know. But don't let a hint of commercialism spoil your enjoyment of Mr McCarthy's music. All in all the album is definately worth owning. It's an uplifting mix of funky beats and happy sounds in true Scruff style.
Not heard any Scruff before? I recommend having a listen to a friends first. My flatmate hates this album, but then he likes commercial 'house' ; ) (miaoow) It does make me wonder though, without meaning to quote the Unreal album too much; "Do you hear what I hear?" You'll love or hate this album, have you got the ears for it?
By the way-if you are already a Mr Scruff fan and haven't seen him live yet-sort it out man, his sets are amazing. Laters : )
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The jazz doesnt just come from the trousers. 12 May 2004
By Riley
Format:Audio CD
This album is fantstic, my first real mr scruff experience was sitting in a flat in brighton with this album playing and the sunshining. It has a great mix of styles your sure how its meant to make you feel. Tracks such as "Sweet Smoke" and "Shrimp" want you to get up and dance and there are some perfect downtempo chilled tunes. "Ahoy There" the avalanche like last song is just crazy. "About the size of a good sardine" "Ha Ha". The World of Mr Scruff needs to spread. Buy it and make everyone listen to it. It great!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Having! 30 Oct 2003
By olip74
Format:Audio CD
I'm a bit confused by those who say this is slow (check out tracks 2, 3, 4, and 7!) but maybe less so by those who brand it repetitive. There's still a lot of real instrumentation there to keep it interesting, to my mind, but there you go. Also I don't think this album, or any of his other output for that matter, is really supposed to be contemplated with chin-stroking scrutiny.
Rather it is fun, original and diverse, this last being why it particularly appeals to me as my tastes are very eclectic. From the disco-style waa-waa noodling of Shrimp, through to the jazz-laden breaks of Beyond and Valley of the Sausages to the fat basslines ripping through the housy Sweet Smoke and Giffin and the distinctly British rap on Vibrate (my personal favourite) this album laughs at musical conventions whilst still sounding effortlessly integral.
I appreciate that not everything will be to everyone's tastes but the energy, ingenuity and musicality of this effort surpasses, IMHO, many of the other contenders in this (ersatz?)genre of chillout/coffee table/fusion/trip-hop/etc who sometimes seem to take themselves too seriously (Groove Armada, Faithless and Morcheeba spring to mind).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Everyone's favourite surrealist from Stockport returns with his second album, and very good it is too. The first single from the album, 'shrimp', is probably the one you will get to know first but don't let this distract you from the others. Braintax's appearance on 'Vibrate' is a lively introduction to one of the UK's hottest up and coming rappers, don't let the accent put you off any rapper who will reference Arthur Scargill is worth a listen. A few may know the fat bass from 'Ug' from Ninja Tunes Xen Cuts compilation which will set an example of the quality of this album. Seaming To pops up on a couple of tracks as per usual for a Ninja Tune release adding some lovely vocal gymnastics. A more accomplished piece than 'Keep it Unreal', more of an uptempo house influenced feel which is kept in check with some good broken beats and some sounds that make you think "where the hell did that come from?" and "when does his next album come out?". Not as soon as we all hope, no doubt.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars scruff comes of age in studio 16 Sep 2002
Format:Audio CD
We all know what the incredible Mr Scruff is capable of doing during a 5 hour dj set in front of an appreciative crowd, but to me his last studio album - Keep it Unreal - lacked balance, and seemed to never quite find its feet. This despite such brilliant tracks as "Get a Move On" and "Fish"! Trouser Jazz seems to me to finally live up to the Scruff name. A superb balance of up and down tempo, playful and serious.
"Sweet Smoke" really kicks the thing off with a bang and the album retains a fresh, funky feel throughout. The more relaxed vocal tracks manage to keep the quality moving, to be punctuated by brilliantly pieced together funkiness like "Come on Grandad" and the fresh hip-hop of "Vibrate"
Of course no Scruff album would be complete without a song about fish, and once again he comes up trumps! "Ahoy there" is equally as good as "Fish" or "Shanty Town" from his last outing.
For anyone who hasn't heard the man before, then you are in for a treat: fresh, groovy, inventive music, with a smile on its face is Mr Scruff's trademark, and this is 63 minutes of pure listening pleasure (oh..and you can also dance to it!)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No need for underwater weapons....... 10 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Its a little early to let the music take root but this has all the makings of a graet second album.
I've been looking forward to this for a long time and didn't really know what to expect. Would it be similar to 'keep it unreal' or something a little different? In the end I'm still not sure. It has all the bouncing humour of his first long player but is much more up-beat and energised.
Buy it and find out............I love it already
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap.
I'll say this is a cheap CD, both in price and in content.So you get what you pay.Of course is a Ninja Tune record and is Mr. Read more
Published on 14 April 2009 by Beatriz Anegla Nolasco
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Scruff Trouser Jazz
This is one edgy album. Very unpredictable and fresh. I would recommend this to anyone who likes surreal funk that's a bit mad. Buy it otherwise your world will be too normal!
Published on 16 May 2006 by Mr. G. M. Detisi
5.0 out of 5 stars So Funky!!
This cd is just DOPE!!Its so jazzy and funky, i love the beats!if you re into jazz or just want somethin dancy for the summer you got to get that record.its just great, BUY IT!!
Published on 17 Jun 2005
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but better out there......
I dont usually do reviews, but i had 2 review this.
I was recomended this by a few mates, so i bought it, and i have 2 say i was dissapointed. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2003 by "tomtoms612"
5.0 out of 5 stars It's as good as Keep it Unreal
Yes there is the Advertising thing... which somewhat is a bit strange if you think of Mister Scruff himself and Ninja Tune as a non mainstream experimental label. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2002 by Edouard Bouffenie
2.0 out of 5 stars The Future Of Adverts
I am a fan of Mr Scruff but like his last album "Keep it Unreal" this is a bit too basic for home listening. Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2002 by Ian Kelsall
2.0 out of 5 stars Trouser Jazz - a bit pants ..
Unfortunately after a long wait, this is not a patch on 'Keep it Unreal', it's a much more mellow affair - I know the 'Jazz' in the album title might have been a giveaway, but I... Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahoy There!
Unreal was a phenomenal album, and trouser jazz really stands up to this, taking this unique sound further. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2002 by B. W. Hill
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