This sampler has one selection apiece from 14 of Hip Bop's first 15 releases, ranging from all-star projects to dates led by Lenny White, Michael Urbaniak, Tom Browne and the Meeting. Many top players make brief appearances (including saxophonists Gato Barbieri, Kenny Garrett, Branford Marsalis and Ernie Watts), and the music ranges from fairly straight-ahead to funk. A good introduction to the label, although the diversity of the music insures that most listeners would be more satisfied with one or two of the regular releases instead.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow