JazzTimes - p.84
"The original songs may be all that, but the real winners here are fans who get to hear some top-notch jazz jamming"
Personnel: Dede O'Neal, Endiskize, Bobbie Cheri Griffin, Nire, Kate Graham (vocals); Jarius Mozee, Dennis Nelson, Bendricks, Keith Henderson (guitar); Zach Brach, Karen Briggs (violin); Darryl Ross (strings, horns, keyboards, drum programming); Donald Hayes (saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Mike Phillips, Kamasi Washington, Steve Eisen (saxophone); Corey Wilkes (trumpet, flugelhorn); Paul Litterall, Joey Sommerville, Johnny Britt (trumpet); Jeff Bradshaw (trombone); Frank McComb (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Mike Logan (piano, organ); Ivan Dup‚e, Jonathan Pierre, Shawn Hibbler (keyboards, programming); Jason Freeman , Richard Turner, Jr. (keyboards); J.R. Hutson (vocoder, drum programming); Larry Bilups, Jeff Byrd (percussion).
Audio Mixers: J.R. Hutson; Tremaine "Six7" Williams; Ivan Dup‚e; Darryl Ross.
Recording information: Dp Studios, Chicago, IL; Keswick Studios, Reseda, CA; The Greem Room Recording Studio, Woodland Hills, CA.
Sticking to its hip-hop guns, this fourth volume of Hidden Beach Recordings' UNWRAPPED offers up more instrumental smooth-jazz renditions of popular rap tunes. Here Busta Rhymes's "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See" becomes a trumpet-led, slap-bass-sporting jazz/funk workout, and the Sugarhill Gang's classic "Rapper's Delight" is used as a template for intricate piano solos. Geared towards the Quiet Storm set, this compilation is unlikely to find a big rap audience, but that doesn't make it any less entertaining.