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Be Smart Don't Think by Active Ingredient

Colorado-based Active Ingredient is not just a typical band. In fact, reading the group's biographical information on its Web site address http://www.activegroove.com will leave any listener baffled. Active Ingredient is the brainchild of one person -- Jason Vertz.

On the album, "Be Smart Don't Think," Vertz is known by several aliases, most commonly DJ rhythmatyx. According to the Web site, Vertz "writes and lays down all the tracks, performing most of the instrumentation himself - the exception being the various musicians and mc's that collectively make up Active Ingredient."

The tracks of "Be Smart Don't Think" is created through the fusion of funk, hip hop, jazz, reggae, rock and dance music. It's certainly hard to place this album as solely a jazz album because of its diversification. On one hand, any listener can compare tracks such as "Bombin" to a hot dance mix in a nightclub, while "What's Goin' On" gives a slow, steady reggae tune to slow-dance to. Vertz is very talented and portrays each "person" in Active Ingredient very well. I'm not sure if there are other musicians out there who could pull the same feat.

While "Be Smart Don't Think" would appeal to the younger audience, seasoned jazz listeners may place Active Ingredient in the category of "Hot Dance Music/Club Play" on the Billboard music charts.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Active Ingredient
  • CD Title: Be Smart Don't Think
  • Genre: Fusion
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: A.D. Records
  • Rating: Four Stars
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