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Album Review

Using jazz experimentation, education, and the unequivocal brilliance of his hip-hop creativity as a primary instrument, Madlib leads this record of paramount importance in the modern jazz and hip-hop worlds alike. Favoring swatches of lounge-heavy atmosphere and Fender Rhodes rivers to forever soulful infinity, big beats, and abstract soloing on everything from vibraphone to the turntable itself, Angles Without Edges is where music hoped to go by 2001. This is a hip-hop record made with jazz principles of improvisation, spacy cut-and-paste passages of drifting solos, and periods of vamping grooves that are layered handsomely with uncut breaks that build on top of themselves, eventually creating what may be the Bitches Brew of the new millennium. Released on the progressive and reputable Stones Throw label, also home to their Uno Esta 12" and Bomb Shelter 7", Angles is 19 tracks deep and doesn't stray in quality as the beats drum on. Highlights include the math jazzy "Julani," the soul eclipse in "Papa," and the outer space dub/samba in "Paladium."

Customer Reviews


This is, and will always be, one of my favorite albums. Madlib introduced me to Jazz and for that I am ever grateful. Since this album I have been digging into back catalog jazz from the masters and still have not found anything I like as much as this album. What some people who feel they require lyrics in thier songs and dissmis this as "Elevator Music" are not understanding or connecting with is the incredible amount of emotion that flows through this album. You need to really LISTEN to it to appriciate it. Put it on and start peeling back the layers.

Just Good Music!

I first heard the majority of this album on Adult Swim and was wondering who the hell did these beats? This album really shows Madlib's versatility as a producer. Good album and great alternative for people like me who's tired of the watered-down bulls@#t hip-hop forced down our throats every 2 minutes!

Madlib is a genius

He has mastered all that is hip hop/jazz. What more can I say.


Formed: Oxnard, CA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

Touted as a jazz group, but openly acknowledged as a solo project of left-coast rap producer Madlib, Yesterdays New Quintet boldly experimented with the fusion of hip-hop and jazz. Playing instruments live in his studio and then sampling and arranging the results, the first Yesterdays New Quintet long-player, Angles Without Edges, dropped in 2001. Madlib, who is no stranger to pseudonyms, went so far as to name each of the fictitious players in his group (Monk Hughes, Ahmad Miller, Joe McDurfey,...
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