Madlib - Shades Of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note [2LP] (180G)


Tracklist: A1 IntroductionA2 Slim's ReturnA3 Distant LandA4 Mystic BounceB1 StormyB2 Blue Note InterludeB3 Please Set Me At EaseB4 Funky Blue NoteB5 Alfred Lion Interlude  C1 Stepping Into TomorrowC2 Andrew Hill BreakC3 MontaraD1...



A1 Introduction
A2 Slim's Return
A3 Distant Land
A4 Mystic Bounce
B1 Stormy
B2 Blue Note Interlude
B3 Please Set Me At Ease
B4 Funky Blue Note
B5 Alfred Lion Interlude  

C1 Stepping Into Tomorrow
C2 Andrew Hill Break
C3 Montara
D1 Song For My Father
D2 Footprints
D3 Peace / Dolphin Dance
D4 Outro

Everyone familiar with Madlib's work will probably be approaching this album with Yesterday's New Quintet on their minds. And that's natural, as it's the only other widely distributed jazz-takes-the-center-stage long player that Madlib's put out, i.e. it's the one that most of the people are most familiar with. The jazz influence is obvious in a lot of his work, but on these records jazz is the dominant theme.

Shades of blue is an incredible sampling of Blue Note, and holds many excellent tracks. In particular, I find track 10: stepping into tomorrow, to be one of the most relaxing and enticing songs on it. Madlib has a large variety of work, many hits, and a few misses.

For the loop junkies this is a score. Go loop  it!