Jazzmatazz Volume 1
Jazzmatazz Volume 1
Studio album by Guru


18 May 1993


June 1992 - February 1993


D&D Studios
(New York City, NY)
EMI Studios


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, jazz rap






Guru (also exec.), Duff Marlowe (exec.), Patrick Moxey (exec.)

Guru solo chronology


Jazzmatazz Volume II: The New Reality (1995)

Jazzmatazz Volume 1 is the debut solo album by American hip hop artist Guru, released in May 18, 1993 on Chrysalis Records. The album is one of the first albums to combine rapping and hip hop production with a live jazz band. Live instrumental backing is provided by musicians such as Lonnie Liston Smith, Branford Marsalis, Ronny Jordan, Donald Byrd and Roy Ayers. The album also features vocal contributions from Carleen Anderson, French rapper MC Solaar, and N'Dea Davenport of the Brand New Heavies. The variety of guest artists adds diversity and originality to each track, and gives the album a distinct jazz feel.

Guru, quoted in the album's liner notes, stated that he was in search of "an alternative to James Brown samples", and that jazz's "mellow tracks, along with the hard rap beat, go hand-in-glove with my voice."

Jazzmatazz Volume 1 peaked at #24 and #91 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums and Billboard 200 albums charts. The single "Trust Me" peaked at #50 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Tracks chart. Although the album was not very successful in America, it was a commercial success in Europe, where jazz was much more popular in the 1990s.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Introduction" - Elam Guru 1:20
2. "Loungin'" Guru Elam Guru 4:38
3. "When You're Near" Guru, N'dea Davenport Davenport, Elam Guru 4:02
4. "Transit Ride" Guru Elam Guru 3:58
5. "No Time to Play" Guru Elam Guru 4:54
6. "Down the Backstreets" Guru Elam Guru 4:47
7. "Respectful Dedications" - Elam Guru 0:54
8. "Take a Look (At Yourself) Guru Elam Guru 3:59
9. "Trust Me" Guru, N'dea Davenport Davenport, Elam Guru 4:27
10. "Slicker Than Most" Guru Elam Guru 2:36
11. "Le Bien, Le Mal" Guru, MC Solaar Elam Guru, MC Solaar (co.), DJ Jimmy Jay (co.) 3:21
12. "Sights in the City" Guru Elam, Pine (co.) Guru 5:10


  • Track 2 features trumpets and piano performed by Donald Byrd.
  • Track 3 features keyboards performed by Simon Law.
  • Track 4 features alto and soprano saxophone performed by Branford Marsalis, guitar performed by Zachary Breāux, and scratches performed by DJ Jazzy Nice.
  • Track 5 features guitar performed by Ronny Jordan, vocals performed by DC Lee, and additional vocals performed by Big Shug.
  • Track 6 features acoustic and electric piano performed by Lonnie Liston Smith, and drums performed by Lil' Dap.
  • Track 8 features vibes performed by Roy Ayers.
  • Track 10 features saxophone and flute performed by Gary Barnacle, and additional vocals performed by The Cutthroats.
  • Track 11 features additional vocals performed by Black Jack and Mickey "Mus Mus", and scratches performed by DJ Jimmy Jay.
  • Track 12 features alto and soprano saxophone and flute performed by Courtney Pine, vocals performed by Carleen Anderson, and keyboards performed by Simon Law.

Samples Edit


  • "Showdown" by Monk Higgins

When You're Near

  • "Last Night Changed It All (I Really Had a Ball)" by Esther Williams
  • "Povo" by Freddie Hubbard

Transit Ride

  • "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss
  • "Delancey Street" by Dana Dane

No Time to Play

  • "Satin Soul" by Love Unlimited Orchestra

Down the Backstreets

  • "Do You Remember When?" by The Crusaders

Take a Look (At Yourself)

  • "Book of Slim" by Gene Harris and The Three Sounds

Trust Me

  • "The Big Beat" by Billy Squier
  • "Mosadi (Woman)" by The Crusaders

Slicker Than Most

  • "It Feels So Good" by Grover Washington, Jr.

Le Bien, La Mal

  • "Pot Belly" by Lou Donaldson

Sights in the City

  • "Patiently" by The New Birth
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