- Released: March 11, 1997
- Label: Blue Thumb
Muzik - 2/97, p.9310 out of 10
- "...a consummate pot-pourri of seasoned jazz, soul, house, r&b, Latin and funk for every generation. A soundtrack for any time of the day....gasp at the bottomless talent of the production duo who are, truly, Masters At Work."
JazzTimes - 10/97, p.85
"...an ambitious concept to be sure....that the project draws the diverse strands of club culture into a seamless whole is, to say the least, impressive..."
Vibe - 3/97, p.142
"...Somehow, all this diverse talent and music manages to come together into one beautiful whole..."
- 1.Nuyorican Soul (Intro)
- 2.I Am the Black Gold of the Sun
- 3.It's Alright, I Feel It!
- 4.MAW Latin Blues - (live)
- 5.Gotta New Life
- 6.Nautilus (Mawtilus)
- 7.Taita Caneme
- 8.Habriendo el Dominante
- 9.Roy's Scat
- 10.Sweet Tears
- 13.Jazzy Jeff's Theme
- 14.You Can Do It (Baby) - (live)
Nuyorican Soul: "Little" Louie Vega, Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez.
Additional personnel includes: George Benson (vocals, guitar); Jocelyn Brown, India (vocals); Ira Segal (guitar); Anthony Posk, Melvyn Roundtree (violin); Kathleen Carroll (viola); Dave Valentin (flute); David Sanchez (saxophone); Edward Golazewski (baritone saxophone); Charles Sepulveda (trumpet); Richard Swartz (French horn); Steve Turre (trombone); Richard Genovese (bass trombone); Hilton Ruiz (piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Eddie Palmieri (piano, synthesizers); Tito Puente (vibraphone, timbales); Vincent Montana Jr. (vibraphone); Gene Perez (bass); Tony Cintron (drums); Richie Flores (congas, bongos, percussion); Bobby Allende (congas, percussion); Jazzy Jeff (scratches).
Producers: 'Little' Louie Vega, Kenny 'Dope' Gonzalez.
Engineers: Steve Barkan, Dave Darlington.
Recorded at Bass Hit Recording, Sound Track Group, Axis Studios, Sound On Sound, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Carol Cooper.
Personnel: George Benson (vocals, guitar); Roy Ayers (vocals, vibraphone, background vocals); India , Jocelyn Brown (vocals, background vocals); Ira Segal, Ronnie James (guitar); Richard Jones (violin, background vocals); Roger Harrington, Melvin Roundtree, Sarah Dubois, Pamela Posk, Anthony Posk, Patricia Brown, Christine Reeves, Orest Artymiw, Kathleen Thomas, Barbara Sonies, Diane Barnett, Diane Monroe, Igor Szwec, Olga Konopelsky, Gregory Teperman (violin); Victoria Ann Matosich (viola, horns); Peter Nocella, Kathleen Carroll, Davis A. Barnett (viola); Anthony Pirollo, Richard Amaroso (cello); Dave Valentin, Kimberly Reighley (flute); David Sanchez (saxophone); Edward Golazewski (baritone saxophone, horns); George Rabbai, Rocco Bene, Michael Natalie (trumpet, horns); John Allmark, Charlie Sepulveda (trumpet); Richard Schwartz (French horn, horns); Edward Cascarella, Brian Pastor (trombone, horns); Steve Turre (trombone, percussion); Richard Genovese (bass trombone, horns); Eddie Palmieri (piano, synthesizer); Hilton Ruiz, Terry Burrus (piano); Peter Daou (Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards); Vince Montana (Fender Rhodes piano, vibraphone); James Preston (Fender Rhodes piano); Dave Darlington, Albert Sterling Menendez (keyboards); Tito Puente (vibraphone, timbales); Andy McCloud III (upright bass); Tony Cintron, Vidal Davis (drums); Richie Flores (congas, bongos, percussion); Eric Velez (congas, bongos); Starvin' T. Cordero, Bobby Allende (congas, percussion); Luisito Quintero (timbales, percussion); Jos‚ "Cochi" Claussell, Marc Qui¤ones (timbales); Bashiri Johnson (percussion); DJ Jazzy Jeff (turntables); Cindy Mizelle, Catrice Barnes, Richard Shade, Lisa Fischer, Paulette McWilliams, Benny Diggs (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Dave Darlington; Steven Barkan.
Liner Note Author: Carol Cooper.
Recording information: Axis Studios, N.Y.C., NY (1997); Bass Hit Recording, N.Y.C., NY (1997); Bass Hit Recording, NY (1997); Sigma Sound Services, Philadelphia, PA (1997); Sound On Sound, N.Y.C, NY (1997); Sound On Sound, NY (1997); Sound Track Group, N.Y.C., NY (1997); Sound Track Group, NY (1997); Victory Recording Studios, Philadelphia, PA (1997); Victroy Recording Studios, PA (1997).
Photographer: Dah Len.
Arrangers: Vince Montana; Hilton Ruiz; Lisa Fischer.
"Little" Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez, the duo who collaborate as the Masters At Work production team and are the musical guides for NUYORICAN SOUL have made a career out of pollinating dance floors with funky sounds for nearly two decades. Funk, jazz, house, R&B, hip-hop and a slew of Afro-Latin-scented rhythms are just some of the ingredients in their clubland stew, and their ability to consistently move the crowd is the chief reason the two have long thrived as DJs and producer on both sides of the Atlantic.
Jazzy improv is at the heart of all the tracks, whether on the pure around-the-horn solo spotlights handed out to Tito Puente's all-star ensemble ("MAW Latin Blues"), in George Benson's guitar-vocal interplay ("You Can Do It"), or with Roy Ayers running his vibes all around a funky house beat ("Sweet Tears"). Jocelyn Brown brings diva flair to the psychedelic trip-hop of "I Am The Black God of the Sun," and the pure disco of India's "Runaway" breaks down into a sort of Philly Soul dub. NUYORICAN SOUL is dance music that sets a challenge for both the butt and the mind, just like George Clinton said it should.