Since Miles Davis’s classic ‘Bitches Brew’, the fusing of Jazz and of contemporary music has been a grand ambition of many jazz musicians. Ornette Coleman’s ‘Dancing in Your Head’, Herbie Hancock’s ‘Headhunters’, Wayne Shorter’s ‘Native Dancer’ are a few notable titles in a long list. Guru and Chrysalis Records took the fusing a giant leap forward with Guru’s jazz rap albums ‘Jazzmatazz Vol. 1 and Vol. 2‘. Jazzmatazz featured a band that included one of the great masters of contemporary jazz, Brandford Marsalis. Guru‘s albums were that of an MC attempting to blend Hip Hop not just with jazz samples but with live instrumentation. Jaleel Shaw and Dres took a like-minded initiative continuing the grand tradition of fusin’ sounds. 25 years ago, Dres and Black Sheep released ‘A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing‘, which The Source magazine has selected as one of its 100 Best Rap Albums Ever. Jaleel Shaw can often be heard playing with Robert Glasper. His second album, ‘Optimism‘, the song “Flight” in particular, which features Robert Glasper, caught Dres’s attention. Dres reworked “Flight” into “Flight (Energy)” or what Ambrosia For Heads calls a master MC’s ‘tale about romance, courtship, and the element of surprise’. It received critical acclaim from both Jazz and Hip Hop camps. Scroll down a tad to hear a remastered version of “Flight(Energy)”.
Listen to a Remastered version of “Flight (Energy)” by Dres & Jaleel Shaw via Ambrosia For Heads