To me, this is easy listening music in the word's best sense. Makes for very enjoyable listening. Intended as a homage to Antonio Carlos Jobim (no covers, though). I love the instrumentation (plenty of fender rhodes, vibes, horns, percussion...) as well as the natural flow of the music. Kind of jazz-funk-hip-hop all star cast (but without vocals, which is very fine for me as the world of spoken word doesn't appeal that much to me ;-} ). Great musicians, great music!
Favorite track: The Art of Rollin'.
“The very bridge between the forefathers – Clinton, Stone, Hancock – and something like D’Angelo”
-Straight No Chaser
"Antonio's Giraffe" finds some of the best musicians in funk, soul, hip-hop, and jazz paying homage to the great Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim with a platter of all original material. Many of the album's musicians are known as phenomenal producers, bandleaders and creators in their own right. Money Mark (Beastie Boys), Mike Clark (The Headhunters, Herbie Hancock), Printz Board (Black Eyed Peas, Nate Dogg, Macy Gray), Alex Veley (Maktub, Dolemite), Larry Crane (Brand X) and Skerik (Critters Buggin, Les Claypool).
Under the direction of composer, producer, and conductor Aja West, this super group sounds crisp and clean, traversing the groove territory pioneered by groups like Steely Dan, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, and Miles Davis. Played with the sensibilities of musicians that have recorded and rocked with some of today’s biggest legends in hip-hop and soul.
"Antonio's Giraffe" manifests South American and African tinged performances utilizing some of Jobim’s favorite instruments: flute, trumpet, vibes, trombone, and plenty of percussion.
released May 2, 2006
Aja West: conductor, bass, rhodes electric piano, synthesizer
Steve Moore: wurlitzer electric piano, trombone
Alex Veley: rhodes electric piano
Mike Clark: drums
Gould Effect: bass, saxophone
Money Mark: organ
Printz Board: trumpet
Stephanie Greivell: flute
Bill Stanfield: guitar
Larry Crane: vibes
Steve Black: guitar
Quazar: metal percussion
Victor Tapia: conga, shaker, bells
Recorded, produced and engineered by Aja West
Mastered by Brian "Big Bass" Gardner
Artwork by Saggy Bottoms
Specializing in hybrids of funk, fusion, soul, jazz and electronic music, the Mackrosoft label and artist/manager Aja West
have released a steady stream of strong CD and vinyl releases since 2000. Now eighteen albums deep, Mackrosoft has received generous accolades from fans and critics alike for its intelligent music and distinctive artwork....more