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ST by Def Jam

All scratches by DJ Vicious Lee. The self-titled album by Def Jazz invariably reads as an all-star joinathon - ‘lets ask Joey DeFrancesco is he would put some Hammond down’.

The first song "All I Need" includes DeFrancecso on Hammond, along with the Lee scratches and vocals by Audra Bryant. Also added to this is the trumpet playing of Roy Hargrove. Gerald Albright contributes on saxophone on the track "Hey Young World" adding Kevin Toney on vibes and Wurlitzer.

A cover of Oran ‘Juice’ Jones 1986 hit "The Rain" featuring Ledisi on vocals and is even helped out by Jones coming with his famous song ending rap could possibly be the best song on this self-titled album.

Ach provides vocals on the track titled "Get U Home." This is a slow grove jam featuring again the saxophone of Albright. The Moog of Jeff Lorber on the song "Back Seat" is subtle, not over dominating.

Overall, this a good groove album. There are lots of contributors like Joey DeFrancecso, Roy Hargrove and Gerald Albright, who all add their own flavors and grooves to each of their spots. The rhythm guitar work of Dwight Stills is excellent along with the saxophone work of Scott Mayo make this an enjoyable album.

The vocals of Audra Bryant, Ach and Ledisi offer the ever famous touch to all slow changes and the addition of DJ Vicious Lee brings some to mind of the scratches and light touches in Medeski, Martin and Wood. You would have to be Def not to enjoy this one.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Def Jam
  • CD Title: ST
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Verve Music Group
  • Rating: Three Stars
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