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Format: CD
Sku: 241572328
UPC: 659457229825
UPC 14: 00659457229825
Release Date: 10/22/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Intro ~ Karriem Riggins
2. Round the Outside ~ Karriem Riggins
3. From Detroit/Belle Isle ~ Karriem Riggins
4. Moogy Foog It ~ Karriem Riggins
5. Oooooooooaaaaaaa ~ Karriem Riggins
6. Stadium Rock ~ Karriem Riggins
7. Alto Flute ~ Karriem Riggins
8. Orbiiz ~ Karriem Riggins
9. Up ~ Karriem Riggins
10. Forward Motion ~ Karriem Riggins
11. Esperanza ~ Karriem Riggins
12. Africa ~ Karriem Riggins
13. Harpsichord Session ~ Karriem Riggins
14. Water ~ Karriem Riggins
15. Double Trouble ~ Karriem Riggins
16. A7 Mix ~ Karriem Riggins
17. Ding Dong Bells ~ Karriem Riggins
18. Belle Isle Reprise ~ Karriem Riggins
19. daOOOOOH!! ~ Karriem Riggins
20. Tom Toms ~ Karriem Riggins
21. Because ~ Karriem Riggins
22. F-rd Jingle ~ Karriem Riggins
23. Boy Is Doin It Right ~ Karriem Riggins
24. Summer Maddness S.A. ~ Karriem Riggins
25. Back in Brazil ~ Karriem Riggins
26. Live at Bert's ~ Karriem Riggins
27. No Way ~ Karriem Riggins
28. 6-40 ~ Karriem Riggins
29. I Need Love ~ Karriem Riggins
30. K. Riffins ~ Karriem Riggins
31. Voyager I 5000 ~ Karriem Riggins
32. Bring That Beat Back (Next Time) ~ Karriem Riggins
33. Matador ~ Karriem Riggins
34. J Dilla the Greatest ~ Karriem Riggins

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Karriem Riggins.
Muze PNote Photographer: Gerard Victor.
Muze PNote Dozens of recordings released since the mid-'90s feature Detroit's Karriem Riggins. Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Roy Hargrove, and Paul McCartney have sought his drum skills, while hip-hop fans know the name more for production credits on releases by Common, J Dilla, Slum Village, and Erykah Badu. A several-hour playlist of Riggins' best work would blow minds. The man didn't get around to releasing music under his own name until 2012's Alone and Together -- sibling EPs combined for the compact disc format as Alone Together. Those who are well aware of Riggins' hip-hop side can probably tell, after scoping the 34-deep track list, the title of the last track, and the Stones Throw logo, that Alone Together might share some traits with Dilla's Donuts. Like that landmark release from Riggins' departed close friend and creative partner, this is a dizzying, ostensibly happenstance sequence of abstract beat flipping with tracks averaging 90 seconds in length. There are some differences. On a handful of selections, Riggins adds his own drums, keyboards, and, on one occasion, harpsichord. The samples, overall, are more obscure, often skirt the alien and the familiar, and are therefore more brain-wracking when it comes to identification. More notably, the album doesn't carry Donuts' emotional weight, but it's equally funky and more freewheeling -- an absolute joy to play repeatedly from front to back. Riggins' voracious craving for moving sounds crosses the States, Africa, and South America, and it entails not just the whole spectrum of jazz and R&B but early experimental electronic music, knuckle-dragging biker rock, and prissy instrumental pop. Some of the album's most stunning moments, like the heavenly "Oooooooooaaaaaaa" and the ringing/thumping/Nytropolitan "Orbiiz," are among the shortest in duration. Then again, nothing resembles a full-blown song. The only possibly point of contention is the (purposeful) brevity, or perhaps the fact that the flashy blaxploitation lounge funk of "F-rd Jingle" is cut short by a peculiar devil-shaming a cappella. Alone Together might frustrate those who want more. The high points are so affecting and brief as to provoke small acts of violent ebullience, like the destruction of fragile objects on shelves. But it will never tire. It's another remarkable achievement in magician-MPC interface. ~ Andy Kellman

Producer: Karriem Riggins

Artist Overview

Producer and multi-instrumentalist Karriem Riggins often shifted between jazz and hip-hop. Primarily a drummer, he backed Betty Carter at the age of 17. Before he turned 20, he gained steady work with gigs, session dates, and production work. He also established a lasting creative relationship with rapper Common, beginning with 1997's One Day It'll All Make Sense. Throughout the 2000s, he continued to work with jazz musicians while collaborating with fellow Detroiters Slum Village and J Dilla. In 2012, he released recordings of his own. The sibling releases Alone and Together -- abstract, sample-heavy beat collages, close in spirit to Dilla's Donuts -- were released on vinyl and as digital downloads. They were combined as Alone Together for the CD format. ~ Andy Kellman

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/22/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : STH 2298
Music Label Name Label : Stones Throw
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00659457229825

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Riggins,Karriem
Product attributeLabel:   Stones Throw Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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