Broadway & 52nd

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Broadway & 52nd
Studio album by Us3
Released April 8, 1997
Genre jazz / hip-hop
Label Blue Note
Producer Geoff Wilkinson and Jim Hawkins
Us3 chronology
Hand On The Torch
(1993)
Broadway & 52nd
(1997)
An Ordinary Day in an Unusual Place
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Broadway & 52nd was the second album by jazz-rap group Us3 and has a more dark, conscious mood to it than their first album.


On the album, the group continued mixing live musicians with samples and hip hop lyrics. Whilst the album was not as well-accepted as the debut album Hand on the Torch, it represented a more mature approach to jazz-rap. After the huge success of their first album, the president of Blue Note records allowed the trio to dig deep into Blue Note's vault and do whatever they wanted to do with its material.


The album's title comes from the street intersection in the middle of the theater district in New York City, which used to be the center of bebop in New York City.

Tracks[edit]

  1. "Intro" (Geoff Wilkinson, Hawkins, Powell, De Moraes) – 1:14
  2. "Come on Everybody (Get down)" (Wilkinson, Hawkins, Armstead, McLean) – 5:48
  3. "Caught Up in a Struggle" (Wilkinson, Hawkins, Vialva) – 3:42
  4. "True to the Game" (Wilkinson, Hawkins, Armstead) – 3:34
  5. "Snakes" (Wilkinson, Hawkins, Armstead) – 4:10
  6. "I'm Thinking About Your Body" (Wilkinson, Hawkins, Vialva, McFerrin) – 5:21
  7. "Grand Groove" (Wilkinson, Hawkins, Armsteads) – 3:35
  8. "Nowadays" (Wilkinson, Hawkins, Armstead) – 4:24
  9. "Sheep" (Wilkinson, Hawkins, Vialva) – 4:46
  10. "Doin' a Crime" (Wilkinson, Hawkins, Vialva) – 5:37
  11. "Recognise and Realise" (Wilkinson, Hawkins, Armstead, Vialva) – 5:40
  12. "Time and Space" (Wilkinson, Hawkins, Vialva, Jordan) – 4:45
  13. "Soul Brother" (Wilkinson, Hawkins, Armstead) – 3:59
  14. "Hymn for Her" (Wilkinson, Hawkins) – 4:54

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