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Shades of Blue
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Album: Shades of Blue
# Song Title   Time
1)    Introduction
2)    Slim's Return
3)    Distant Land
4)    Mystic Bounce
5)    Stormy
6)    Blue Note Interlude
7)    Please Set Me at Ease
8)    Funky Blue Note
9)    Alfred Lion Interlude
10)    Stepping into Tomorrow
11)    Andrew Hill Break
12)    Montara
13)    Song for My Father
14)    Footprints
15)    Peace/Dolphin Dance - (live)
16)    Outro
 
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Tracks

1. Intro: 32

2. Slim's Return

3. Distant Land

4. Mystic Bounce

5. Stormy

6. Blue Note Interlude

7. Please Set Me At Ease

8. Funky Blue Note

9. Alfred Lion Interlude

10. Steppin' Into Tomorrow

11. Andrew Hill Break

12. Montara

13. Song For My Father

14. Footprints

15. Peace / Dolphin Dance

16. Outro

Performer Notes
  • Contains remixes of classic Blue Note Recordings. Tracks by Donald Byrd, Bobbi Humphrey, Bobby Hutcherson, Horace Silver and The Three Sounds.
  • Personnel: Madlib (rap vocals, arranger); Dan Ubick (guitar); James King (flute); Joe McDuphrey (Fender Rhodes piano, organ, keyboards); Morgan Adams, III (organ); Derek Holman (ARP synthesizer, percussion); Ahmad Miller (vibraphone); Jeff Jank (acoustic bass); Russel Jenkins (bass); Monk Hughes (electric bass); Malcolm Catto (drums, percussion); Otis Jackson, Lefty Houston (drums); Malik Flavors (percussion); DJ Lord Such.
  • Recorded at The Bomb Shelter, Los Angeles, California.
  • Personnel: Madlib (turntables); Medaphoar (vocals); Dan Ubick (guitar); Joe McDuphrey (Fender Rhodes piano, organ, keyboards); Morgan Adams III (organ); Ahmad Miller, Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); Jeff Jank (electric bass); Otis Jackson, Jr. (drums).
  • Audio Remixer: Madlib.
  • Recording information: Lost Gates, CA; The Bomb Shelter, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Madlib received a rare opportunity with unfettered access to the storied Blue Note archives and permission to use them as he wished for a remix/interpretation album released on Blue Note itself. The result, Shades of Blue, is really more of a Yesterdays New Quintet album, but Madlib's name is far more recognizable then his alter ego and faux-supergroup, YNQ. So, Shades of Blue features Madlib interpreting and remixing Blue Note classics such as Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" and Gene Harris' "The Look of Slim" (remixed here as "Slim's Return"). Overall, a good time is had by all, as he doesn't just sample the tracks as much as fit them into his own sound. That's why the record would be better compared to the Yesterdays New Quintet debut, Angles Without Edges, where Madlib takes on the personas of numerous instrumentalists (going so far as to credit them individually in the liner notes) and make laid-back break-heavy jams that serve great as background party stuff -- and that's really where Shades of Blue works the best. Intent listening doesn't really give much up, but for smooth subconscious grooves, it's perfect. ~ Sam Samuelson
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (8/21/03, p.74) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Part historical revisionism and part homage. His remixes...incorporate a dose of boom-bap without losing sight of what made the originals great..."
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