SLY5THAVE — The Invisible Man : An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre

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Album · 2017

Tracklist

1 Shiznit 4:34
2 California Love 6:23
3 Drelude For Woo 0:58
4 Forgot About Dre 1:53
5 Interlude #2 2:59
6 No Diggity 3:26
7 The Jam 1:12
8 Who Am I 2:08
9 The Jam Part II 1:56
10 I'd Rather Be With You 4:01
11 Curtis 2:33
12 Still D.R.E. 4:47
13 The Jam Part III 2:00
14 My Name Is 1:30
15 Interlude #3 2:11
16 Guilty Conscience 1:17
17 Interlude #4 2:36
18 Nuthin' But A "G" Thang 3:19
19 Interlude #5 1:11
20 Let Me Ride (Radio Edit) 4:20
21 The Edge 2:51
22 Next Episode 3:46
23 Peace 1:28

Line-up/Musicians

Producer – Sly5thAve
Bass – Antoine Katz
Cello – Eric Cooper
Clavinet – Robert "Sput" Searight (tracks: 4)
Drums – Sydney Driver
French Horn – Jon Carroll , Laura Brenes, Lis Rubard
Glockenspiel – Todd Simon
Guitar – Brad Allen Williams (tracks: 18), Matthias "Pedals" Loescher , Patrick Bailey (tracks: 11), Quantic (tracks: 21)
Keyboards, Synth – Mark De Clive-Lowe (tracks: 3), Paul "Bae Bro" Wilson
Percussion – Nate Werth
Scratches – DJ Center (tracks: 15)
Synth – Jesse Fischer (tracks: 1, 20)
Synthesizer [Moog] – Cory Henry (tracks: 2)
Trombone – Kevin Moehringer, Nadav Nirenberg, Raymond James Mason
Trumpet – Clynt Yerkes, Jay Jennings, Todd Simon
Tuba – Chanel Crichlow , Juliane Gralle
Viola – Jarvis Benson
Violin – Adriana Molello, Juliette Jones, Zach Brock (tracks: 5)
Voice – Jimetta Rose (tracks: 20), Melissa McMillan (tracks: 10)
Woodwind – David Moyer, Ian Roller, Sylvester Onyejiaka

About this release

Tru Thoughts Recordings TRUCD346 (UK)

Recorded At Electrik Indigo Sound

Thanks to snobb for the addition and js for the updates

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SLY5THAVE THE INVISIBLE MAN : AN ORCHESTRAL TRIBUTE TO DR. DRE reviews

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I have to admit that the idea of an ‘orchestral tribute to Dr Dre’ first hit me as some kind of joke along the lines of The Monkees play heavy metal, or Mozart goes reggae mon. It was hard to imagine the sparse hip-hop arrangements of Dr Dre in an orchestrated format, but Sly5thAve’s new album, “The Invisible Man, an Orchestrated Tribute to Dr Dre”, has certainly proved me wrong. In a year laden with highly creative artsy RnB albums, “The Invisible Man” has been able to stand out as one of the best for 2017. The combination of Dr Dre’s laid back grooves and Sly’s hip, slightly retro, orchestrations are an irresistible combination that may have you playing this one over and over.

Sly5thAve is actually Sylvester Uzoma Onyejaka II, a versatile saxophonist who also produces and doubles on a variety of instruments. His talents have brought him work with many including Prince, Maceo Parker, all of the Marsalis Brothers and many other top RnB, pop and jazz musicians. “The Invisible Man” is just Sly’s second full length album, but it sounds like the work of a seasoned veteran. Right off the bat these orchestrated soulful tracks may have you thinking Isaac Hayes and Quincy Jones, and there is some of that sound here, but even closer is the arranger that Dr Dre was fond of sampling from, David Axelrod. Sly’s use of pulsing steady rhythms often recall Axelrod’s sometimes processional sounding arrangements that could almost border on regal and militaristic in an almost campy sort of way. In that respect, another similar famous arranger comes to mind, and that’s George Martin, the exotica composer who also did arrangements for the Beatles, particularly the ‘Sgt Peppers’ album. Still, with the Dr Dre’s iconic beats and attitude going on, Sly’s orchestral creation stands in a world all its own.

The hip-hop world was all over this record when it came out, but the jazz world didn’t seem to take much notice, which is unfortunate because there is plenty here for a fan of contemporary jazz to like. Many of these tracks feature jazz solos by a variety of top notch musicians, for instance the burning guitar solo by Patrick Bailey on the hard driving “Curtis”, or Sly‘s Eddie Harris like electric sax ride on “The Jam Part III“. Although this album lists 23 total tracks, many of the tracks blend together to make just one song, such as the ultra funky string of tracks that start with “No Diggity”. For those who may be rapaphobic or raptose intolerant, although this is a Dr Dre tribute, there is no rapping on here. Meanwhile. others may want to use these tracks to back up some original free verse.

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