Hip-Hop by Clever Jeff – Jazz Hop Soul Album

Jazz Hop Soul” was Clever Jeff’s first album released in 1994 when he was with Quest records, AKA Warner Brothers. Some call it a classic because of the fusion of jazz, hip-hop and soul music. Jeff is currently in the studio working to develop new sounds that remain true to the JazzHopSoul quality and feel.

All music written by Clever Jeff and Dave G. All lyrics written by Clever Jeff. Samples include “Beat Bop” (as performed by Rammelzee Vs. K-Rob).

This debut album, Jazz Hop Soul, was among the 1990s projects that combined hip-hop with elements of jazz. Jeff, a Bay Area rapper with solid rhyming skills, and his producer Dave G employed live trumpet and sleek and hypnotic tracks to create the jazz influenced album. If his goal was to provide an album that is at once sophisticated and gritty, he accomplished this rather nicely. The rapper obviously had a lot on his mind, and he turns his attention to everything from social and political topics to sexy women who sip latte in trendy cafes. This alternative rap release should have done well, but unfortunately, Jazz Hop Soul was among the overlooked and neglected releases of 1994.

Personnel: Clever Jeff (vocals, various instruments), Dave G. (various instruments), Adam Bergman, Scott Roberts (trumpet), Malachi Padron (scratches), Ed “Eddie Legend” Broussard (background vocals).

Personnel: Adam Bergman, Scott Roberts (trumpet); Ed Broussard (background vocals).

Recorded at No Joke Studios, Berkeley, California.

Recording information: No Joke Studios, Berkeley, CA.

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About Clever Jeff
As an independent artist, Jeff strives to create music with meaning that both moves the feet and heals the soul. Growing up in a household rich with music, his early influences included Roy Ayers, Slave, Ohio Players, Earth Wind and Fire, Parliament, George Clinton and the full roster of soul, r&b, funk and jazz artists. His mother was a singer. His uncles were musicians. By age ten, Jeff was joining in and playing in the jam sessions in the family living room. A talented free-style emcee, Jeff began writing down his rhymes in his late teens. Later on he found his signature singing voice which is described as soulful, honest, smooth and sexy.

In 1993 Jeff caught the attention of Quincy Jones who signed him to his Reprise/Warner Brothers imprint, Qwest Records. 1994′s “Jazz Hop Soul” on Qwest/Reprise spawned several regional hits and much critical acclaim. He has continued to release albums independently over the past 2 decades under his own label, Fatius Walker Records.

Based in Oakland, Clever Jeff writes, arranges, performs and produces all music on his albums. Similar artists include: Guru, CL Smooth, Roots, Mos Def, Sadat X, J Dilla, Gang Starr, Common, Tribe Called Quest, Lauryn Hill, John Legend… Jeff has a classic MC style, reminiscent of the early 90′s golden age of hip-hop.


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