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Us3: Questions

In 1994, the jazz/hip-hop outfit Us3 arrived on the scene with a sound that combined rap with live playing and samples culled from Blue Note’s vast vaults. The group earned a huge hit with “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia),” which incorporated a sample of Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island,” but it never had another major hit and more or less disappeared. Leader Geoff Wilkinson alone is back with Questions (Us3.com), which reveals a new, contemporary sound blending jazz, dance, Latin and urban flavors without samples.

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