Wednesday, March 26, 2008

"That's exactly what it is -- a musical collage!"

Sure, when 9-year-old ANNIKA and I did the dishes last night it resulted in a clean kitchen. Surprisingly, it also resulted in a musical education session.
We toiled while listening to "ENTRODUCING," the pioneering 1996 album by DJ SHADOW.
The album is notable as being among the first to be created entirely by sampled bit of other songs, with the Davis, Calif., deejay combining elements from hip hop, jazz, funk, psychedelic rock tracks as well as horror film music, television shows and interviews. Despite the disparate sources, the songs on the album really swing, driven along by innovative percussion backing.
On the first track alone, "
Best Foot Forward," Shadow's list of sampled songs includes "It's My Turn" by Stezo, "Real Deal" by Lifer's Group, "He's My DJ" by Sparky Dee, "Poison" by Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo, "Dynamite" by Masters of Ceremony, "Cold Chillin' in the Spot" by Jazzy Jay, "Do or Die Bed-Stuy" by Divine Sounds, "Party's Gettin' Rough" by Beastie Boys, "You Can't Stop the Prophet" by Jeru the Damaja and "Concerto for Jazz/Rock Orchestra, Parts 1-4" by Stanley Clarke.
As you can probably tell from that last track, the album features plenty of jazz, and among the publications that has lavished praise on "Endtroducing" during the past 12 years is Jazz Times.
Annika likened the album to an elementary school art project.
"It's like a musical collage?" I asked her.
"That's exactly what it is -- a musical collage!" she said.
See, the dishes were cleaned and I was a little more enlightened about the music, thanks to Annika.


Blogger If I just lay here... said...

I'm mailing the swag today.
for sure for sure.

11:50 AM  

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