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Nuyorican Soul

Nuyorican Soul

1997

Nuyorican Soul
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Nuyorican Soul is the debut studio album by Nuyorican Soul, released in 1997. It featured guest appearances from George Benson, Roy Ayers, Tito Puente, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Jocelyn Brown, Vincent Montana Jr., Salsoul Orchestra, and India. It peaked at number 25 on the UK Albums Chart. John Bush of AllMusic said: "In keeping with Masters at Work's heritage, most of the album is Latin in feel and jazzy in composition, but with ever-present synths and piano runs that belie their heavy dance heritage." He called it "one of the best all-star dance albums ever recorded."

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Rating

3.06

Votes

70

Genres

  • Electronica
  • Jazz

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Fri Apr 19 2024
5

This sure is something 4 Omg the percussion 5 And the damned disco or whatever on sweet tears

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Wed Feb 28 2024
4

This one is my upload pick, so obviously I like it a lot. I Am the Black Gold of the Sun/It's Alright, I Feel It are among my favorite things in music. I'll allow that it is a little uneven, with some dull patches, and that in its eclecticism it doesn't totally come together as a unified album. Still a ton of iconic music that has found its way into a whole lot of samples and remixes.

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Sat Feb 24 2024
5

A mix of Thievery Corporation and Gotan Project and Motown and Buena Vista Social Club

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Mon Jan 08 2024
5

Loved it, thanks for sending it in. Congrats on finishing!

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Tue Jan 30 2024
5

9/10. This was kinda sick, I wish people would have quit coming up to me at work and trying to talk to me while I was listening to this, because it was super enjoyable.

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Mon Feb 19 2024
5

I say this with all the love in my heart: I can see clearly the impact this had on the Sega Sound Team circa the late 90s/ early 00s.

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Wed Feb 07 2024
4

Masters At Work produce a nice not-so-little mix. The turn into disco is surprising but not shocking and certainly needed: If anything, the record is still a bit stiffer than the jazz creds suggest. Jazzy Jeff's there, a name I'd never considered literally before. The juxtaposition of mostly-rearward looks with what quickly became avant-garde hip-hop production is neat from today.

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Mon Feb 19 2024
4

This was actually really boppin. What a great amalgamation of genres all fused together.

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Sat Feb 24 2024
4

This was a fun collection of tunes

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Wed Jan 10 2024
3

This wasn't too bad, but 2 hours? That's a lot of jazzy cruise vibes or whatever. 3/5 and I'm being generous.

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Sat Jan 13 2024
3

Nice sounds but nothing special

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Fri Jan 19 2024
3

A fine dancey time. Definitely feels like decent driving music.

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Fri Jan 19 2024
3

This made #25 on the UK charts? How did it not make the list?

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Thu Feb 08 2024
3

Some latin, some jazz, and even some disco. It's a fun album, but not really worth a re-listen for me

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Fri Apr 12 2024
3

A bit too jazzy for my tastes, but it's alright innit? 3 stars.

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Wed Jan 10 2024
2

Seeing the names of the all-stars on this album was encouraging, but the songs with vocalists (mainly Jocelyn Brown) are too poppy for my tastes. The few instrumental numbers that lean towards jazz are a significant improvement. Overall, this easy listening latin jazz/pop went down easy, but it left me wanting a bit more substance.

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Wed Feb 21 2024
2

Disco, Jazz and Soul.... sorry, not my cup of tea.

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Wed Feb 21 2024
2

Although it sounded quite upbeat, I couldn't get into it and it made pretty restless.

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Tue Apr 16 2024
2

Enjoyed the Afro-jazz fusion going on here for a while, but then the album kept going... and going... and going. Definitely a function of my personal tastes here, as the instrumentation is airtight and the arrangements at least somewhat varied throughout. However, there just wasn't enough variance to sustain the whole runtime for me and I was checking out there at the end.

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Sat Mar 09 2024
1

Acid jazz from the 90s? Not in the mood, sorry. I have enjoyed the 'disco' vibes of 'Runaway' though. Great song

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Wed May 08 2024
4

Just the kind of latin groove jazz that I like. A few oddball additions of disco pop and 90s club sounds and record scratching, but majority is a kind of 70s Latin jazz fusion. Very good.

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