Various Artists

Bop City: Hip Strut

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On this forgettable CD, a few classics from the Blue Note era of the 1950s and '60s are given funk rhythms and "interpreted" by rappers; the occasional appearances of one of the three rappers on most of the selections makes the results at least partially unlistenable. There are some straight-ahead sections where the musicians play in the older style (particularly "The Squirrel"), David McMurray takes some advanced tenor solos and trumpeter David Weiss tries his best to sound like Freddie Hubbard; however those are just crumbs for the "traditional" audience that are more than balanced out by the remarkably horrid "vocal" on "Ahmad's Blues." The rappers, who are unhip and instantly dated, totally ruin this effort.