Hay, Jonathan / Reid, Benny / Smith, Mike: Follow The Leader: Re-Imagined As Jazz...

SKU: 39858214
Jonathan Hay: Follow The Leader: Re-Imagined As Jazz...

Hay, Jonathan / Reid, Benny / Smith, Mike: Follow The Leader: Re-Imagined As Jazz...

SKU: 39858214


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Title: Follow The Leader: Re-Imagined As Jazz...
Artist: Hay, Jonathan / Reid, Benny / Smith, Mike
Label: Hay Reid & Smith
Product Type: CASSETTES
UPC: 682670889392
Genre: Jazz

CASSETTE. Re-imagined instrumentals of the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Follow the Leader album from Eric B. & Rakim. Endorsed and fully supported by Eric B. & Rakim. Jonathan Hay, Benny Reid, and Mike Smith had numerous discussions on how to respectfully, faithfully, and creatively re-imagine Eric B. & Rakim's classic 1988 album, Follow the Leader. The difficulty was twofold. One, Follow the Leader is a revered and iconic hip-hop album and had to reflect it's adoration. Two, how can it be translated to a jazz style, especially omitting the centerpiece, Rakim's voice? Reid (lead instrumentalist - tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, bari saxophone, flute) and Hay's (producer) initial strategy of replaying Rakim's extended, rhythmically intricate rap verses organically morphed into a more improvised, classic jazz style. The emcee vocal style and flow along with Eric B.'s through-composed instrumentals, served as a model for Hay, Reid, Smith and musician Mani Ajami to draw inspiration.

1.1 Follow the Leader
1.2 Microphone Fiend
1.3 Lyrics of Fury
1.4 Eric B. Never Scared
1.5 Just a Beat
1.6 Put Your Hands Together
1.7 For the Listeners
1.8 No Competition
1.9 The R
1.10 Musical Massacre
1.11 Beats for the Listeners
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