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In this fifth edition of the highly successful Mushroom Jazz saga, Mark Farina picks up right where he left off with volumes one through four. The formula remains the same: lush laid-back acid jazz with a twist of deep house and hip-hop to create a disc-long excursion that is immediately accessible for home listening, relaxation, or the early hours of a big night out. Contributions from downtempo anchors DJ Spinna and J. Boogie start things off right, and inclusions from Jurassic 5's Nu Mark and hip-hop legend Pete Rock spice things up nicely. It a beautifully eclectic mix that may very well be the best of the series — until the next one, that is.

Biography

Born: Chicago, IL

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Known primarily for his downtempo approach to mixing jazz, house, and hip-hop -- a style he dubbed "mushrooom jazz" -- DJ and producer Mark Farina played a major role in the building of San Francisco's house music scene. Originally from Chicago, Farina started DJ'ing at the age of 15, greatly inspired by his city's major contribution to underground dance music. A few years later, while at nearby Northwestern University, he made his production debut with "Mood" (KMS, 1989), created as one-third of...
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