The Philadelphia Experiment (album)

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The Philadelphia Experiment
Studio album by The Philadelphia Experiment
Released June 12, 2001
Recorded September 25-27, 2000 at The Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Genre Funk, Jazz
Label Ropeadope Records
Producer Andy Blackman Hurwitz, Aaron Levinson
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic link 4/5 stars
All About Jazz not rated link

The Philadelphia Experiment is the self-titled album resulting from a collaborative project including Uri Caine (keyboards), Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson (drums) and Christian McBride (bass). Guest musicians include Pat Martino (electric guitar), Jon Swana (trumpet) and Larry Gold (cello and arrangement).[1]

Though all from Philadelphia, each musician brings their unique musical background. Caine is an avant-garde pianist, Thompson is a hip-hop drummer and McBride a jazz bassist. The result is an "insanely funky" album.[2] "Mister Magic" is followed by a "hidden track", where Christian McBride plays a cover of "Just the Two of Us" by Grover Washington, Jr., with bass tracks only, starting at the 4:30 mark of the song.

Ropeadope later issued two follow-up albums:

The Detroit Experiment featured Carl Craig, Bennie Maupin, Marcus Belgrave, Geri Allen, and Regina Carter.[3]

The Harlem Experiment featured Carlos Alomar, Steve Bernstein, Don Byron, Eddie Martinez, bassist Ruben Rodriguez, and drummer Steve Berrios. Guests includes multi-genre vocalist Queen Esther Marrow, bluesman Taj Mahal; vocalist/guitarist James Hunter; trumpeter Olu Dara; turntablist Larry Legend; and the poet muMs da Schemer.[4]


  1. Philadelphia Experiment
  2. Grover
  3. Lesson #4
  4. Call For All Demons
  5. Trouble Man Theme
  6. Ain't It The Truth
  7. IIe Ife
  8. The Miles Hit
  9. (Re)Moved
  10. Philadelphia Freedom
  11. Mister Magic

Remix version[edit]

Rope-a-dope Records also issued a Remix version of the album Presented by King Britt.

  1. Miles Hit [Rob Life Mix] - Rob Yancey
  2. Broad and Cecil B. Moore
  3. Philadelphia Experiment [Main Mix] - Charlie Dark
  4. Brown Street
  5. Miles Hit [King Britt Scuba Remix] - King Britt
  6. Delaware Avenue
  7. Philadelphia Experiment [Remix]
  8. Diamond Street
  9. (Re)moved [Oba Funke Far Re-moved Dub]
  10. Sansom Street
  11. Philadelphia Experiment [Remix] - DJ Ghetto
  12. South Street
  13. Paul Edwards the Orange Line
  14. Spring Garden Street
  15. Grover [Remix] - Vikter Duplaix
  16. Schuylkill Expressway
  17. Grover the III [The Theme to] - Randy Watson Experience
  18. Osage Avenue
  19. Mr. Magic [Remix] - DJ Ghetto


  1. ^ Liner notes
  2. ^ The Philadelphia Experiment Todd S. Jenkins, All About Jazz, July 01, 2001, Retrieved September 30, 2007
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Allmusic review