Us3 – Hand On The Torch
- Music On Vinyl, Blue Note
- EU - Reissue
2022 Reissue on 180 Gram Audiophile Black Vinyl.
The British jazz/hip hop fusion collective Us3 founded in 1992 in London and its notable members included producers Mel Simpson and Geoff Wilkinson. The group scored a major hit in 1994 with “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)”, a track that displayed the group's fondness for sampling classic recordings from the Blue Note label (in this case, Herbie Hancock's “Cantaloupe Island'). The track was included on their debut album Hand On The Torch.
The album was a result of their connections with Blue Note owner Capitol Records, which gave Simpson and Wilkinson free rein to sample anything from the Blue Note catalog. Together with several musicians and rappers Kobie Powell and Rahsaan Kelly, they sampled a series of Blue Note classics, from Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk, to Horace Sylver and the previously mentioned Herbie Hancock. With the release of Hand On The Torch, Us3 had forged one of the most elaborate union between styles and became one of the best-selling jazz albums on the Blue Note label.
Hand On The Torch includes an insert.
|A1.||Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)||Art Blakey ...||Mel Simpson...||04:38|
|A2.||I Got It Goin' On||Reuben Wils...||Mel Simpson...||05:19|
|A3.||Different Rhythms Different P...||Art Blakey ...||Mel Simpson...||01:11|
|A4.||It's Like That||John Patton...||Mel Simpson...||03:45|
|A5.||Just Another Brother||Art Blakey ...||Mel Simpson...||03:42|
|A6.||Cruisin'||Rahsaan Kelly||Mel Simpson...||03:31|
|A7.||I Go To Work||Thelonious ...||Mel Simpson...||04:05|
|B1.||Tukka Yoot's Riddim||Grant Green...||Mel Simpson...||05:38|
|B2.||Knowledge Of Self||Rahsaan Kelly||Mel Simpson...||04:20|
|B3.||Lazy Day||Bobby Hutch...||Mel Simpson...||04:39|
|B4.||Eleven Long Years||Herbie Hanc...||Mel Simpson...||03:48|
|B5.||Make Tracks||Donald Byrd...||Mel Simpson...||04:45|
|B6.||The Darkside||Donald Byrd...||Mel Simpson...||05:17|
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