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Too Blue Lou and the Groove: The Birth of Hip Bop

Read "The Birth of Hip Bop" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Not all attempts to blend jazz with rap are successful. Often, it's R&B or hip-hop packaged in a way that fools people into thinking it is jazz when it isn't. Once in a while, a merger of these genres works. The Birth of Hip Bop, by Too Blue Lou and the Groove, is one such merger.This small ensemble describes itself as a unique blend of groove-oriented improvisation, scat vocals and rap, played over heavy beats and a traditional ...


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