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Album Review

Madlib's Sound Directions project follows in the footsteps of Yesterdays New Quintet by presenting a small group of jazz players (most, if not all of them, Otis Jackson himself) loosely playing a down-home and funky brand of jazz music perfectly suited for a hip lounge. The Funky Side of Life is heavy on the covers — not standards — and that makes a big difference. (Jackson usually just needs a good riff to cover his vamping style of keyboards, and this roster of tracks services his needs perfectly.) The first non-original comes straight out of left field; "Wanda Vidal," originally by the extraordinarily gifted Brazilian Marcos Valle, is the perfect type of light and loungey tune that Jackson can run rings around. The rest are nearly as obscure, including Billy Brooks' "Forty Days" (although A Tribe Called Quest fans will recognize the hook), Oliver Sain's "On the Hill," David Axelrod's "A Divine Image" (with excellent ARP and Hammond work here), and the only famous cover, Cliff Nobles' instrumental hit "The Horse." The lo-fi lurch of nearly all Madlib's work is in effect here, and besides the rather anonymous atmosphere of the recording, it's an enjoyable piece of latter-day jazz-funk by rap's most visionary music-maker.

Customer Reviews

Stones Throw just won't stop!

madlib/YNQ fans will not be disappointed. beautiful album that's as smooth as it is funky. add this to a playlist with "stevie" and "angles without edges" and you're set for the drive, for the soiree, or for the evening. --SouL

keeps getting better!!

madlib gets to vibe with live jazz musicians!! does not get anybetter. you can hear his sound evolving since the first "ynq". bliss

The drums, drums, and more break'n drums.

Stone keeps throwin these breaks out there for the BBoyz in BGirlz to Breaks to. I highly recommend this one for any beats n break lover. KEEP it up Peanut Butta Wolf!

The Funky Side of Life, Sound Directions
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