Buckshot LeFonque (album)

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Buckshot LeFonque
Branford Marsalis Buckshot LeFonque.jpg
Studio album by Buckshot LeFonque (Branford Marsalis)
Released August 1994
Recorded 1994
Genre Jazz / R&B
Length 41:47
Label Sony Music
Producer Branford Marsalis / DJ Premier / Blackheart
Buckshot LeFonque (Branford Marsalis) chronology
Bloomington
(1993)Bloomington1993
Buckshot LeFonque
(1994)
Loved Ones
(1996)Loved Ones1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C- [2]

Buckshot LeFonque is the eponymous debut album of Branford Marsalis's jazz/hip-hop/rock group. Creating a new hybrid sound, It peaked at number 38 on the Heatseekers Billboard chart and number 94 on the R&B Albums chart.[1]

In his AllMusic review, Richard Ginell calls the album "a breakthrough… a marvelously playful and, above all, musical fusion of the old jazz verities and newer currents swirling around the 1990s."[1] David Hajdu's Entertainment Weekly review was more harsh, saying, "The gimmick betrays a project of iffy conviction" and calling the project "old-fashioned," "uninspired," and "all too serious."[2] And People Magazine wrote, "Buckshot Lefonque goes from being a cool idea to be-coming cool music only when Branford and crew let hip hop's noise erupt."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Branford Marsalis, except where indicated.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ladies & Gentlemen, Presenting..." Branford Marsalis, Chris E. Martin 1:14
2. "The Blackwidow Blues"   6:10
3. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" Maya Angelou, Branford Marsalis 8:05
4. "Mona Lisas (And Mad Hatters)" Elton John, Bernie Taupin 4:49
5. "Wonders and Signs" Branford Marsalis, Chris E. Martin 5:34
6. "Ain't It Funny"   6:45
7. "Some Cow Fonque (More Tea, Vicar?)"   5:12
8. "Some Shit @ 78 BPM (The Scratch Opera)" Chris E. Martin 2:10
9. "Hotter Than Hot" Chris E. Martin 4:20
10. "Breakfast @ Denny's" Branford Marsalis, Chris E. Martin 6:25
11. "Shoot the Piano Player"   0:10
12. "No Pain, No Gain" Branford Marsalis, Chris E. Martin, Victor Wooten 5:27
13. "Sorry, Elton"   0:26
14. "...And We Out"   2:08

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ginell, Richard S. "Buckshot LeFonque". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-10-20. 
  2. ^ a b Hajdu, David (1994-07-15). "Buckshot LeFonque". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014-10-21. 
  3. ^ "Picks and Pans: Buckshot LeFonque Review". 1994-07-11. Retrieved 2014-10-21. 

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