As other reviewers have already stated, this album is not for the jazz purist. However, I think it is harsh and actually quite narrow minded to say the album is poor. Madlib is a modern day musical Einstein when it comes to production, remixing and all-round musical creativity, and evidence of this is provided in the form of this album. Being that I am a fan of the Blue Note back catalogue and a Madlib devotee, this has to be one of my all time favourite albums.
He picked out some tracks from the Blue Note back catalogue that I was never too fond of e.g. Hancock's 'Dolphin Dance' and 'Stormy' by Reuben Wilson, and made them into compositions that came alive. Personal highlights for me have to be 'Distant Land', 'Mystic Bounce', and in particular the brilliantly relaxed 'Montara', the re-worked Bobby Hutcherson track originally off his '75 album of the same name.
I think that people who label this album as poor should realise that not only are the production, remixing and choice of original compositions all excellent, but that Madlib is expandng his creative boundaries and making jazz and soul gradually more accessible by introducing them, albeit in a remixed hiphop format, to a different audience.
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