Lenny White, Michael Urbaniak, Tom Browne and the Meeting. Many top players make brief appearances (including saxophonists Gato Barbieri, Kenny Garrett, Branford Marsalis and Ernie Watts), and the music ranges from fairly straight-ahead to funk. A good introduction to the label, although the diversity of the music insures that most listeners would be more satisfied with one or two of the regular releases instead.
This is a wonderfully colorful assortment
of 90's hip-bop essence samplers, the core being "The Essence All
Stars". It starts in a funky jazz groove and just gets better and
At 73 minutes long with stars such as Kenny Garrett, Bennie Maupin,
Bob James, Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter, Gato Barbieri, Ernie Watts, Marcus
Miller, Lenny White, Mike Mainieri, Chaka Khan and Branford Marsallis
it's all too short.
The recording quality is superb and the distinct impression is that it was carefully and lovingly put together.
1 Who Do You Love? Lenny White 4:59
2 Hot Jazz Biscuits Urbanator 4:41
3 Bluesanova Tom Browne 6:54
4 Luny Tune The Essence All Stars 5:56
5 Funk In Deep Freeze Bop City 3:58
6 Jam Fo’Real Tom Browne 3:59
7 Up Jumped Spring The Essence All Stars 5:37
8 Late One Night The Meeting 6:43
9 Dr. Jackle The Essence All Stars 5:08
10 Cubano Chant The Essence All Stars 4:43
11 Magic Urbanator 5:49
12 Savant Lenny White 4:34
13 Bass Blues The Essence All Stars 4:58
14 Freedom Jazz Dance The Essence All Stars 5:10
Total time - 72:43