Droppin' Science: Greatest Samples from the Blue Note Lab

Droppin' Science: Greatest Samples from the Blue Note Lab


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On first glance, Droppin' Science: Greatest Samples from the Blue Note Lab looks like a sampler of the four-volume Blue Break Beats series. Released throughout the '90s, Blue Break Beats trawled through the Blue Note (and Capitol) catalog for funkier cuts released throughout the '60s and '70s, almost all of which had been sampled by significant hip-hop producers -- cuts like Gene Harris & the Three Sounds' "Put on Train" (Beastie Boys' "What Comes Around"), Eddie Henderson's "Inside You" (Souls of Mischief's "Tell Me Who Profits"), and Bobby Hutcherson's "Ummh" (Ice Cube's "Ghetto Bird"). Any rap fan who used Blue Break Beats as a side door into jazz will recognize Ronnie Foster's "Mystic Brew" (which gave A Tribe Called Quest's "Electric Relaxation" its mellow but stimulating foundation) and Lou Donaldson's "It's Your Thing" (Idris Muhammad's drums and Melvin Sparks' guitar were repurposed for Brand Nubian's furious "Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down"), as well as a few others, but half of the disc's inclusions didn't appear in the series. It's not like they're scraps, either: Donald Byrd's "Think Twice" (covered by J Dilla in 2001, the original's 1:46 through 1:52 [roughly] were also immortalized a decade prior on Main Source's "Looking at the Front Door"), David McCallum's David Axelrod-written-and-produced "The Edge" (Dr. Dre's "The Next Episode"), Brother Jack McDuff's "Oblighetto" (remixed by Dilla and sampled for A Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario"), and two others. Even without considering the purpose behind the compilation, it's a set of soul-jazz and jazz-funk as durable as any other. The liner notes, penned by ?uestlove, feature the Roots drummer's typical off-the-cuff mix of deep knowledge and humor.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2008
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0094639220823
catalogNumber: 92208
Rank: 106369

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pepper Adams   Bass
Gary Bartz   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Bill Berry   Trumpet
Bob Brookmeyer   Trombone
Ronnie Cuber   Bass
Richard Davis   Bass,Electric Bass
Charles Earland   Organ
Ronnie Foster   Organ
Eddie Gomez   Bass
Grant Green   Guitar
Thad Jones   Flugelhorn
Mel Lewis   Drums
Jerome Richardson   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Jeremy Steig   Flute
Joe Williams   Vocals
Chuck Rainey   Electric Bass
Joe Dukes   Drums
Dave Hubbard   Tenor Saxophone
David T. Walker   Guitar
Jean DuShon   Vocals
David McCallum   Vocals
Melvin Sparks   Guitar
Don Alias   Percussion
George Duvivier   Bass
Claude Bartee   Tenor Saxophone
Gene Bertoncini   Guitar
Gene Bianco   Harp
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Donald Byrd   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
James Carter   Human Whistle
Neal Creque   Organ
Eddie Daniels   Tenor Saxophone
George Devens   Vibes,Shaker,cowbell,Cabasa
Lou Donaldson   Alto Saxophone
Gordon Edwards   Electric Bass
Margie Evans   Background Vocals
Joe Farrell   Tenor Saxophone
Roland Hanna   Piano
Cliff Heather   Bass Trombone
Sam Herman   Guitar
Idris Muhammad   Drums
Harvey Mason   Harmonica,Drums,Bata Drums
Jack McDuff   Organ
Larry McGee   Guitar
Tom McIntosh   Trombone
Larry Mizell   Synthesizer,Electric Piano,Background Vocals
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Freddie Perren   Synthesizer,Background Vocals
Jerry Peters   Organ,Piano
Lonnie Smith   Organ
Stephanie Spruill   Percussion,Background Vocals
Eddie Williams   Trumpet
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Jerry Byrd   Guitar
Jimmy Johnson   Drums
Joseph Armstrong   Conga
Mayuto Correa   Conga
Roger Sainte   Percussion
William Bivens   Vibes
Kay Haith   Vocals
Arthur Jenkins   Conga
Lorraine Kennar   Background Vocals
Jerry Dodgion   Alto Saxophone
Bill Phillips   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Richard William   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ronnie Foster   Composer
Thad Jones   Arranger
Jeremy Steig   Composer
David Axelrod   Producer
George Butler   Producer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Alfred Lion   Producer
Jack McDuff   Composer,Producer
Larry Mizell   Producer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Francis Wolff   Producer
Carla Leighton   Art Direction
?uestlove   Liner Notes
Eli Wolf   Producer
Jeff Jank   Cover Design

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